Graeme Posted February 25, 2014 Report Share Posted February 25, 2014 When writing a sequel, how much knowledge from the previous novel is it acceptable to assume? In the example I'm thinking of, the second novel continues immediately after the first novel, but I really don't want to spend pages repeating the current story situation, or explaining who all the characters are. Some repetition I think is reasonable, but how much should I be doing? While the sequel has a different story line from the original novel, there are story threads planted in the first novel that will come to fruition in the second. Indeed, from one point of view, the first novel constitutes the background for the second. Is it acceptable to assume that the reader has read the first novel when they start the second? After all, you wouldn't start Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series in the middle -- you'd start from the beginning (not that what I've got planned is by any means comparable to the WoT series, apart from both being fiction). Quote Link to comment
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