I bring you bad news. There is a curse on a second novel. To be exact, there is a curse on a second PUBLISHED novel, no matter how many novels you’ve published before.
I’m not sure if this applies to indie novels, I confess, but I think it might, if you have at least had some kind of success on your first book. Now, it depends on what success is to you. If you go Martian-big on your first novel (we should all be so cursed) I almost guarantee that you’ll suffer second novel curse on the next. But it’s possible that if you never at all expected to sell anything at all, and you sell a couple thousand books, you’ll also suffer second novel curse.
What is worse, you can suffer second novel curse when you have “simply” taken a big leap in sales or in PERCEIVED craft. I…
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2 Replies to “The Curse Of The Second Novel”
It’s just in your mind. There’s no curse. You just have to sit down and write more. 😉 You will always feel doubts even after you write more than 10 books (I know that for a fact, because I’m working on my 12th), but they aren’t real. If you write constantly, you can only improve. You just have to write more. 🙂
Perhaps, but it sure does feel like a curse!