Monday, January 8, 2018

WHAT I'VE LEARNED!

Quote for the week:  “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

You've likely heard the old saying: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks.



I happen to disagree with this saying. In fact, there's another one I like better. 

"You're never too old to learn."

So, where am I going with this, you're probably wondering.

Let me explain.

I've been writing for a long time, and I never planned a series or even a sequel. Well, you know how that goes. Never say never, right? So one day, this idea popped into my head. Just Breeze, the tween story published in 2009, was a fun story and I still liked the characters. And Breeze started talking to me that she had another adventure planned. So, I thought, Why not, and wrote Princess Breeze, the sequel to Just Breeze. It was published the summer of 2017.

So, in spite of the fact that I'd never written a sequel or a series, I'm not too old to learn how. In fact, I've been working on another sequel to a YA novel published in 2010. I'm not saying much about it because it may not work, the publisher may not want it, and dozens of other things can happen.

The lesson here, for me, is to try new things. Sequels, a series, new types of stories. Because, I'm never too old to learn, and neither are you.

Now, off to see what those chatty characters are trying to tell me now.

Happy Writing.




How about a trip to a tropical isle?

18 comments:

  1. Never say never indeed. One can learn and away they can go, sequels can be fun as you get to visit old characters.

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    1. Absolutely, Pat. It is fun to get reacquainted with familiar characters.

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  2. Never too old to learn! I never planned a sequel to my first book, but it worked into a trilogy. It's comforting to write about characters we know well.

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    1. It's funny how things work out, Alex. A trilogy is awesome. Yes, characters we know are almost like family.

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  3. You have two books with Breeze - might as well do more.

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    1. I do, Diane, but next on my agenda is a YA story that I'm doing research on. Taking lots of notes.

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  4. Great advice, Beverly! Never say never is very accurate. Good luck with your new project. Love the Benjamin Franklin quote:)

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    1. Thanks, Karin. Now I need to listen to my own advice. :) Yeah, I thought the Ben Franklin quote was great.

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  5. Always try new things! Great motto, Beverly.

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    1. It really is fun to try new things, Lee. Sometimes they work, sometimes not, but we never know unless we try. I liked the motto too.

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  6. I like your saying better for sure. And glad you're getting new ideas for your series.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. Now if I can just put those ideas down on the computer, I might have a new story or two. :)

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  7. Loved the qoute. This post was excellent to read Beverly pleased new ideas are coming your way.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. I thought the quote was just right. My brain is on overload at the moment.

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  8. You've proven that it's never too late to learn something new. It's what keeps our brains young.

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    1. Absolutely, Sherry, and my brain definitely needs help to stay young. If a great-mema like me can do it, so can everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Yes! Never say never indeed. I'm glad you didn't. It would be a shame if there wasn't another Breeze book out there. In fact, I think I requested it into my library. Hm. I'll have to double check that.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. We have to keep our minds open because we never know what can happen. Writing the second book was such fun. Oh, I hope you do get to read it. Thanks for stopping by.

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