Should you write leaving room for a sequel?

  • Should you write leaving room for a sequel?

    Posted by Raphael_Fantasy_Writer on February 26, 2024 at 8:11 am

    Perhaps your plot idea is so grand that you need another book to write your story. In that case, should you leave room for part two?

    Well, you shouldn’t. By the end of your novel, all the story questions, should be answered. Don’t leave your readers on the hook with a big cliffhanger, because instead of trying to convince the reader to read the second book, you might even lose a reader that way. As a reader, you want everything about the story to be clear at the end of the book, to understand all the characters motivations, why they did what they did, and more. Like, even though the end of Iron Flame leaves us with so, so, so many questions (and heartbreak), all the story questions have been answered. We know why Xaden did what he did. The new thread RY will weave in the third book is what will become of our favourite fictional male.

    If you plan a sequel, rather hook onto a finished part of your story and weave a new thread, rather than leaving a loose one at the end of the first book.

    I hope this information will be useful for you.

    Happy Writing!

    –Raphael–

    LyraW replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • LyraW

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    February 26, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    Hey Rafael, I just want to say I agree. I like to know how something ends and the next book pick up with the same characters but a new main theme. I am very put off by cliff-hangers. Particularly if you have to wait months for the next book, or if the author manages to never produce another book, you are stuck having expended some energy to invest in her/his story, only to be disappointed.

    Have a great day…

    Lyra W

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