So, I have started to write the third (and final) book in the Dragonkeeper trilogy. I feel nervous writing about it here. I always feel talking about a book I’m writing will hex it. The book doesn’t have a title yet ( my publisher refers to it as DK3) . And if anyone wants to know what will happen in it…I’m not telling. (See above about hexing.)
I’ve just read YA author Justine Larbalestier‘s blog re writing a third book in a series.
I felt heartened that I wasn’t the only one who finds it hard. Justine was concerned about whether she should or shouldn’t be influenced by what readers say they want to happen. I don’t worry so much about that. The story has to be the way I want it to be, otherwise I couldn’t get it done. It’ll be a year out of my life spent writing it. I have to be thoroughly engaged in the plot and the chararcters…so that means doing it my way.
What I worry about is, Is it good enough? Will readers like it?
Justine was also angsting about bad reviews. They’re not nice, but you can’t please everyone. The hardest thing is, there’s no right of reply. Reviewers can say whatever they want and you don’t get to defend yourself. Which is a good thing. What could be worse than having a whingey author saying everyone’s missed the subtext or the fabulous act 2 turning point or the subtle character development? Everyone is a reader. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Though it is a sweet feeling when a book does well, despite being panned or ignored by reviewers.