Today is the release day in the UK for my second book, A Girl Less Ordinary!
Hooray! This is especially exciting for me, as while writing this book (and subsequently re-writing it) there were many, many times where it didn't seem possible that it would ever make it to this day. Yes - I had the dreaded second book blues.
As an unpublished writer, I always assumed that with publication came this magical, unmovable confidence and knowledge. If I was published, then I had made it, and therefore writing book after book would surely be effortless.
Ah. Not so much :) Turns out, that I still have lots to learn, and so as I wrote this book I was swamped by doubt, and frustration, and certainly that little voice in my head that wondered (loudly!) if the first book had all been a fluke. Especially when the book required a complete re-write - only 8000 words of the originally subbed version made it to the finished book (all those wasted words!).
But - it's not so bad. I learnt more from this book than my first. I learnt that I do have more than one story inside me, and that I can take a huge step back from my writing and look at it with fresh eyes. I learnt that no matter how dire the first draft may appear, I can still end up with a book that I love, and that I am so, so proud of. I love this book, and I'm thrilled that it's now available for people to read!
I know I'm not the only author to suffer from the second book blues, and I've also heard of athletes that take a temporary dip in their second professional season after a successful debut.
Is there anything in your life that got harder the second time round? I'd love to know I'm not alone :)