Questions tagged [sequel]

This tag should be used for questions that deal with sequels, such as what is commonly changed between the first book and later iterations or how to deal with different main characters.

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How can I bring back a dead main character without cliches? [closed]

So I have a main character who will die at the end of the first book. In the next book he will be alive, but nobody knows it. Everyone thinks he is still dead. How can I do this without using ...
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Is a sequel allowed to start before the end of the first book?

I'm writing 2 stories simultaneously. The first one spans 17 years. The second picks up where the first left off... but only about 25% of the way in. The sequel seems to work best if I introduce the ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

The sequel to my first book is supposed to start immediately after the end of the first book. Zero time gap. Situation: At the end of book one a missing family member has finally joined the family. ...
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How to invoke interest in readers for second part of story when first part is not so popular + old?

I started a story and published it online in 2016. And then I disappeared due to various unavoidable priorities in life. But now I want to restart. But I am not sure. There are already less views. ...
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How possible is it to publish a sequel with a different publisher than the original (successfully)?

How possible is it to publish a sequel with a different publisher than the original (successfully)? Does the genre matter? Such as science fiction, fantasy, mysteries or picture books? I would ...
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Introducing a character in the third act?

I'm well into the third act of my novel and I'm introducing a new character that will play a part in the ending and an even bigger part in the roughly sketched sequel I have in mind. Now, I'm pretty ...
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What are the things to consider when writing a sequel to a novel from another author?

I am talking about writing a sequel to a novel that's in the public domain. For example, Wizard of Oz. As far as I know, this is completely legal; however, the issue is how to deal with the fandom ...
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Is there an official license type applied by copyright holder that allows a written work to be continued upon/derived by third-party writers?

Say I create a copyrighted written work, is there a license I can apply to that same work that will allow a third party to create and copyright a derivative work? Is there an existing license or ...
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What is the average word count for a scene in a chapter?

Does the average scene-word-count lessen for a YA/children's novel and increase for, say, an adult thriller?
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How do I add tension to a story, when the reader knows the MC survives?

To clarify: There are two parts to the book (or I might split them into separate books), one with my main protagonist, and the second is a prequel, showing the protagonist's father's story. Both ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to changing the POV in the second and third books of a trilogy?

Consider placing the second book of a SF/F trilogy into the point of view of a secondary character from the first book. Good? Bad? This seems like a workable idea to me, interesting, expand the world,...
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Is it a bad habit to cause too many deep permanent changes in the status quo of a story that envisions sequels?

I have a story I'm writing which envisions some sequels. However, although the timeline and world are the same, such sequels are so different from each other that I feel I'm causing too many deep ...
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New story in 'same universe'. When is it a sequel? How to title?

This is a two-part question, and I hope that's okay. 1. Would it classify as a sequel I've created a 'universe' in which one main story takes place so far. This will presumably be my first book. It ...
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What books should have a sequel?

I wrote my very first novel several months ago and I sold it to a publisher two weeks ago. Now I am thinking of writing something new. The problem is I can't get the idea of writing a sequel out of ...
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Sequels and avoiding sequelitis

Many of you have probably read a sequel to a book and have found it to be worse than the original book. I am writing a sequel and would like to know if there is any way to avoid this "sequelitis". ...
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Is it ok to “reprise” a scene from an earlier screenplay in a sequel?

In my screenplay, there is a the so-called "receptionist scene" where the (female) receptionist warns the heroine that the company she just joined at a high level isn't very woman friendly. The ...
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Can your current work of fiction be influenced by a sequel?

Most works of fiction are influenced by back stories. Can that also be true for envisioned sequels? I was working on a screenplay in which a female suit rises to the top of the company and is ...
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Should I start work on a sequel before I have sold my book?

I finished the 1st draft of my book, and have put it in the freezer(as I asked about in this question). I was planning to start work on a sequel of the book in the meantime. But I was told by someone ...