Second-Novel Hump

Tonight I just finished writing the first draft of my second novel. I started writing this novel during NaNoWriMo and I’ve continued it through December. I think the novel currently stands at around 65,000 words, which is a short novel.

I think the reason I wanted to write a second novel before I was done editing my first was because I was nervous about the dreaded Second-Novel Hump. There are lots of people who can write one novel, but when it comes to writing a second…that seems to be harder because writing a novel is no longer an exciting new activity. I’ve heard of writers whose first novels were published and years passed before they could get up the guts to write a second.

I guess writing something new was my solution to avoiding writer’s block.

About E.S.O. Martin

E.S.O. Martin is a writer, a California native, and a graduate of SF State's Creative Writing MFA program.
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