In researching first-time novels, one of the biggest points I apparently missed was that a first-time novel should stand alone. Meaning it should have a conclusion that wraps up a story. No loose ends.
Well mine does that...sort of. My novel can absolutely stand alone. Leaving the reader to use his/her imagination on what happens next. But pretty much from the get go, I always knew how I was going to end the story, and wanted to leave it open for a possible sequel. Mind you, when I first began writing it, I was only writing it for fun. Never thinking I'd actually ever try to do anything with it.
So without spoiling the ending, I felt there was more story tell, but can't really go into specifics for those that haven't read the novel.
Some people have suggested I write an entire different story and either nix the sequel or go back to it. But what if my novel gets published, regardless if I do it myself or a publisher does, I would prefer having the sequel ready to go as well. Just in case.
Guess I will add it to the list of how clueless I am in regards to writing novels. But I'm learning as I go along.
- The Delusional Novelist