Monday, February 18, 2013

Guest Post - Victoria Scott - THE COLLECTOR

I'm sure you've heard of Victoria Scott, right? If not, you will soon, because I predict she's going to be a HUGE hit in the YA lit world. I was lucky enough to beta read her debut novel, THE COLLECTOR, which publishes April 2nd, and it's amazing - so unique. Dante is to die for. I mean, just look at this cover!

*stares at forearms*  *stares at jaw*  *stares at lips*  *stares at...pants*  *giggles*

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Anyhow, enough gushing on my part. Victoria is here today talking about writing sequels, something I've blundered through, flailing blindly every step of the way. So I'm loving this guest post. Hope you enjoy it too! If Victoria can't make you laugh, then I'm convinced you have no sense of humor...

5 Foolproof Steps When Writing Your Sequel
A guest post by Victoria Scott

Writing a sequel is bomb. Probably because it feels a bit like a bomb that detonates each time you tinker with it. Most authors of trilogies have outstanding ideas for the first and last book. But the second book, as many readers will tell you, can easily become a “filler” book in which not a lot happens. I myself am currently editing the second book in the DANTE WALKER trilogy. The book isn’t out yet, but I can assure you these 5 steps are foolproof when writing a sequel. I know. I’ve totally written a sequel. 

Here you go. You’re welcome. 

  1. Drink more. This can be coffee, alcohol, or rice milk for all I care. Just drink more if it. You need liquids to write a second book well. 
  2. Eat more. No choices on this one—the key is foods packed with saturated fats. Doughnuts, French fries, fried chicken…these are your power foods. 
  3. Have a friend on standby. You’ll need them to reassure you that you’re brilliant and that your sequel will sell millions. This person should be available at 2:17 am each night so you can ugly cry via Skype. 
  4. An animal. If you don’t have a pet. Get one. You’ll need to speak to this creature as if it is a real person. If it talks back, you’re on the right track. 
  5. Decide what’s more important than this book. This can be things like counting how many bobby pins you have, watching YouTube videos, and shopping for scented magic markers online. You’ll need to do these things any time the writing isn’t going well—which could be most times. 

If all else fails (which it won’t…I already said this list was foolproof), you could always study successful sequels for tips on how to write them well. Books such as: 

  • A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  • Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
  • The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Happy writing, guys!  

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  1. I love Victoria ana dof course I love Dante!! I can only imaging how hard a sequel is... the second book in a trilogie is often my least favorite book in the series..
    And you are right Wendy totally nailed it with Sweet Peril! Woot! Can't wait for the next Dante book:)

  2. Great post! I am really looking forward to reading this book! I have heard so many great things about it from reviewers! I have to agree that the second book in a trilogy is often a let down for me. Many times it is just a segway and doesn't really grip me as much as i would like. I have to say two series that didn't fall under this for me are Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Lauren's second book actually exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed it more than the first!

    1. Omg i agree, Unravel Me was f-ing amazing! So was the Destroy Me novella. gotta love Warner!

  3. Haha she is funny. thanks for showcasing another author Wendy, thats very sweet of u as well as different for ur blog readers. i will have to check out the dante walker books! He cant be better than Kaidan though ;)

    1. Oh, I don't know, Dante is a super hot bad boy. He can give Kai and all YA boys a run for their money. :)

    2. Hehehe. Kai is too amazing for words..we will have to see ;)

  4. Too fun! I have no doubt at all that book 2 will be fabulous. Book 1 was awesome.


  5. That was hilarious! I love this post!

  6. Love this post! Both Sweet Peril and The Liberator were great sequels. Can't wait for the trilogy finales!!!