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Still Writing That Sequel

I'm still at it...this is my first experience in writing a sequel, and I have to admit, I'm having a hard time. 

Writing your first novel, or at least the first in a series, is fun because the sky's the limit. You can be almost finished writing that manuscript then suddenly wake up in the middle of the night and get a ridiculous idea to insert into your story's mythology to spice it up. Or, at the last minute, you can change one of the main characters from a single mom to a lesbian so she doesn't resemble you so much (not to mention taller, with curly hair, and can yell at a jerk until they feel two inches tall...instead of thinking of a 'perfect' comeback six months later).

With Surreal 2, I don't have these types of freedom. My characters are set, as are the mythology. Sure, I can grow and expand upon that which I have already set up - but it's different. I want to make this installment better than the last, but not so far off from what made Surreal Ecstasy great in the first place. 

Most of it is finished, but I still have dots to connect, as usual for me when I'm trying to finish a manuscript. I get frustrated, and in doing so, I put pressure on myself, and it stifles creativity. So, I'm trying to take it easy on myself, but at the same time, I'm constantly reminding myself of how I'm behind my internal deadline for this.

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