Writing My Second Novel

Battle Masters #1: The CobraSquad Virus

For the month of January my writing focus has been on a sequel to my one and only novel, The CobraSquad Virus (Battle Masters #1).

You know the one and only time I tried fiction and it sold 0 copies so far?

So why would I quit my job and immediately work on another book with such limited prospects of financial success?

First, January hasn’t given me a lot of writing time with wrapping up old work items, getting caught up around the house and travel. More accurately, I’m a punk and haven’t gotten into my writing groove just yet. But writing snippets of fiction for my 10-year old son, Owen, comes fairly easy—even if I’m sitting in the lobby of my doctor’s office or waiting at the airport.

Second, I keep reading that to succeed in fiction you really need to have at least three books in a series, preferably more. The idea is that you then make the first book permanently free (permafree) as a way to attract new readers and to get their email addresses (by asking them to subscribe to your newsletter from within the book itself). Readers who like book one will buy book two, if they’re hooked they’ll buy book three, and on and on.

Third, it’s fun. I like writing fiction. Well, I think I’m going to like writing fiction.

I purposely chose books for pre-teens because I think they’ll be easier to write than novels for adults. For one thing, they’re shorter. Full length novels tend to be at least 50,000 words and more typically 80,000 – 120,000 words.

Kids books are much shorter; my first was only 10,000 words. I also think my readers will be more forgiving if my plot is a little thin, my characters a tad one-dimensional, and occasionally I resort to adverbs.

I have many novel writing friends who just write. They just write what they want, how they want, and some seem to do OK with it.

But I’m too much of a perfectionist I guess. I read over 20 books on writing novels and movie scripts before I even tried to write my first book.

If you’re looking to write your first novel, or want to punch up the quality of your future novels just a few of the books I’d recommend include: How to Write a Damn Good Novel, Plot & Structure, Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View, Story, On Writing.

Questions? Hit me on Twitter @Kruse or Facebook or email me: info at kevinkruse dot com.