They say the problem for a second child born into a family is that it can feel a little short-changed when compared to the lavish attention normally paid to a firstborn. As an only child, I have no direct experience of that, but I’m told by others that it tends to be true.
Second creations are often felt to be second best.
This is true of second books, second music albums and films. Take the film Rambo, for example. It was met with universal acclaim by cinemagoers when it was released way back in the 1980s. Rambo II, however, was considered to be a disappointing sequel that failed to live up to the promise of the first, and Rambo III was generally thought to be quite a bad film. Many people thought that it would have been better to have stopped at the one film, rather than continue trotting out weaker and weaker plots and storylines to keep the box office in liquidity.
Consider all the newly discovered talents on television programmes like X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. How many disappear without trace after that one initial chart-busting song? We all know Leona Lewis, but where are all the others now?
It is said that everybody has at least one book in them. If that’s true, then few of us ever get round to writing it, let alone publish it. where it might be exposed to public scrutiny. This was a considerable inhibiting factor when I set out to write a trilogy. Three books? Did I have three in me? That was a daunting prospect, but, the concept I had in my head was too broad to be covered in one volume. Even so, setting myself three to write was risky. I knew how the first would play out – I’d got that well planned and the idea fired my imagination; the second was a sketchy notion, hardly thought through at all. But the third? I hadn’t a clue how that would go.
However, as I began to flesh out my ideas with words on the page, the narrative began to flow… freely. I was surprised. I had probably expected what’s commonly called “writer’s block”. Happily, so far, that hasn’t raised it’s ugly head, and the writing is still flowing like a stream. Lucky me. I am now more than 30,000 words into the third and final book in the trilogy, which I expect to be published early next year.
On the plus side, writing a trilogy solves many literary problems for a would-be author. First, the characters, settings and the concept is already set out in the first, so that any subsequent books in a series already have a prescribed path to follow. All this assumes that there’s enough actual or substantial material in the subject to stretch to three books in the first place.
Of course, whether it’s all worth reading, is another matter. Whether what I have embarked upon is a worthwhile enterprise or a complete waste of time, is for you, the reader, to judge.
Book Two of the Trilogy: “MARE NOSTRUM”, is now available, exclusively through Amazon in paperback, Kindle and other eBook formats. To take a look inside and perhaps read a few pages.
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