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Writing a sequel

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

No women having just given birth would contemplate doing it again immediately - you need a while to forget the pain and get to know the new baby before another can even be considered. When you finish writing a book and type 'The End', you have no thoughts of writing a sequel - its just such a relief to have actually made it to end!

But the characters get under your skin, and you worry about them like family and want to know where they are and what they are doing. Then a reader asks 'what happened to...' or says 'I think they got off too lightly', and you start to think 'what did happen to...? The seed of a plot starts to grow in your head, and before you know it, you've started the sequel.

So, as 'The Allotments' is just about to be published, that niggle has grown and I am now half way through writing sequel, 'The Square'.

Parts of the plot I know clearly (there is a murder!), but the rest I'll have to wait and see where the story takes me. Join me on that journey?

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