Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Hardest Book is Your Second

Huh? Really? I was reading about this and then of course, I wanted to prove it wrong so I looked it up on the internet. Oh my! It looks like the concensus is that the hardest book to write is your second book - the one after your first published book. How is that possible?

Well, here's what "they" say - your second book is the most difficult because;
1. While you could have taken 20-years to write your first book, you're under contract now and have a deadline.
2. The one-hit-wonder is always hanging over you like a fog of pea soup (pretty messy).
3. You now know how much work is ahead of you.
4. You don't have time to simply not write on the days you aren't inspired.
5. And the list goes on...

Obviously, I am the exception...aren't I always? (Ha!)

So, what do you think? Does it make sense to you that the second book would be the hardest? Do tell!


Linda Austin said...

For me it is. The first book just had to come out, but... then what?! I haven't really been inspired since, or struck on the head by a fabulous idea.

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

I've have some books that are already written, actually. I haven't been through huge edits with them or anything but they are there. Maybe that'll help me avoid the 2nd book slump.