I decided to circumvent the problem of the so-called difficult second novel by finishing off a novel I began writing four years ago instead. I got 42,000 words into this original novel before beginning to flounder, unsure of where to take it.
Now, with my considerable (ahem) experience of having written and published an entire one novel I am confident I can return to this original one and shape it, and have even gone so far as to write a plan for it (and that is certainly a first.)
I do have one slight problem, how on earth am I going to write the bombshell ending? I am rather stumped at the moment. I could easily write a rather ridiculous, all singing, all dancing, OTT, flamboyant ending which would ensure any reader deigning to pick it up to throw it back down in disgust. But I don’t want to do that. There are no doubt books on the market which tell me how to write a good explosive ending, but I guess I’m a little protective and want my work to only be mine and come only from me.
But I’m sure it will write itself in the end. Characters tend to take the story wherever they want it to go by themselves.
So all that remains is for me to sit my backside down and actually get on with it.