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The Second Novel Cuts The Deepest

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© Wonderlass

Why is the second novel the hardest to write?

Announcing projects before I finish them is something I don’t do. But since there is magic far away from your comfort zone, I’m willing to go there.

Good Morning! I’m 12,000 amazing words into my sophomore novel.

I haven’t written a Young Adult book in almost four years. The last one I completed was at the end of 2011, and for the next few years, I moseyed over a lot of ideas, sometimes reaching 30,000 words–scrapped them, flipped them, rearranged them, threw them against the wall–but have yet to finish something since completing one four years ago.

I hear a lot of people talk about their first novel being a daunting task. For me, the sophomore has been in progress for almost half a decade while the first was quite easy.

FIRST NOVEL, everything is new. From querying agents to writing your first synopsis, the dreaded (Oh my gaddd) query, and finally having a completed first draft…everything is simply a rush of crazy but exhilarating emotions. Here you have in your hands a solid rock of gold doo doo that you don’t even realize needs two lifetimes worth of revisions to clean up the vomit all over each page. Yassssssss!

SECOND NOVEL, you know better. You actually have an eye for what works and what doesn’t. For some, it’s the nagging deadlines; for others, it’s that pesky voice reminding you that the beta readers were bored and parts of your manuscript look like your cat wrote it…but either way, your nerves are on fire. If you’re like me, you even had a tombstone in your backyard that read: CONFIDENCE. Throughout all of this, the biggest lesson I learned was to keep writing. I didn’t necessarily write every day but I did write.

And all the rewrites were every gift I needed them to be. Why? Because now my characters are developed, plot’s tight as a virgin and I actually put together some pretty impeccable stuff.

I turned my own garbage into treasure.

Next post, I’ll talk about productive ways to get over second novel syndrome!

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  • wonderwall
  • I think the first novel is different from the second one because one has no sense of direction but the second one someone knows where they are going and what they want out of it. I may never have read any of your novels but from all the posts I’ve read on this blog I believe you are pretty talent and you will write an amazing second novel. I wish you well.

  • Wow you are very talented dear

    You can make 12,000 words.

    If i were you, i’ll be having a hard time starting my words lol

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  • Jessi Malay

    Guurl them lashes and brows are fleeeeking! Love your look and your blog!

    XO, Jessi

  • First off, you wrote a novel?? Congratulations, girl!! I’m one of those who have been dreaming about that for ages. Second, LOL at the cat writing some pages, ha! Stumbled on your blog via Meron, it looks appealing thus far, and so inspiring. Looking forward to exploring more.

    Hello from Ghana!

  • Lenya

    Congrats on the second one, Natasha.


  • Congratulations on doing so well on your second novel!

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  • Sooae Lee
  • Congratulations! Its great to see young women so successful and ambitious, well done! X


  • Paulina

    Wow, this is amazing! I wish I could write as good to have my own book, but that’s never going to happen…



  • Totally into this blog post! Definitely going to check this out!

    XO, Jessi

  • ” I turned my own garbage into treasure” those words just stuck out to me.
    Wow, second novel? That’s amazing. I’ve been struggling a bit on my blog due to self criticism, but it is posts like this that allow me to keep pushing.

    All the best this coming year,