Sequels or subsequent parts of the same tale can be a real challenge. The second book in my “Night” or “Gomer Wars” series was easy to write. The rhythm was seamless, and the work itself came along very quickly. I am now deeply into the throes of writing the third book, and life has conspired against me. Just when I hit a rhythm, something outside (like my day job) will consume just enough time to keep the rhythm just a little harder to maintain. I wind up re-reading the preceding portions to regain the rhythm, which takes more time from the actual writing process. This process then increases the overall amount of time spent working on the actual book. The upside is that I am getting more editing done on the front end, the down side is that it is just taking longer. Still, since the second book isn’t out yet, it would seem that I will have MORE than enough time to get the third one finished.
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.