A Crossroads

I have a confession to make: I still haven’t started the second book in my trilogy.

I started my outline a couple weeks ago, then events in my life made me stall on the idea, then I read a couple timely blog posts from agents saying that writing additional books in a series before selling the first (or even getting an agent) may not be the best use of a writers time. Combined with a lot of other things keeping me busy, I haven’t written anything new since the new year.

*checks calendar*


Last weekend I hung out with Erica and after talking with her I decided that I need to work on a new idea. I have a hard time not finishing something, and going into an entire novel with the niggling thought that it may never see the light of day purely because book one may never go anywhere makes it hard to start. So, new idea it is.

I bounced around ideas for all of a day and I already have a rough outline (like half a page). It’s young adult, more humorous than deep and dark, and I’m excited to start writing again.

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. Allen

    I never have trouble starting a new work. I love the starts. They smell so good and they are clean and fresh with no typos or run on sentences. Then I type the first and the trouble begins.

    Oh well.

  2. Aaron Crocco

    Ive heard this advice too many times in the past year and I think you made the right decision. I too have my previous WIP set for a sequel and possible series but I’m now on an unrelated WIP because of what everyone has said. Looks at it this way: you have a clean slate for a new work instead of working on something tied down to a previous story.

  3. Avery

    I’ve done the same. Until Resonance sells better, why waste my time writing a sequel? I’m off to new things. Glad you are, too. Maybe this time next year we’ll both have cause to revisit our old friends. Here’s hoping!

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