Success! You’ve conquered adversity and created something awesome.
Oh no…now people are expecting you to do it again. What if you can’t produce something as good? What if your next project is a complete failure? Now you’re petrified. You’re scared to attempt anything. You’re afraid you can’t measure up to your past success.
Let me ask you this. Why are you trying to create a sequel of your previous work? A sequel is more of the same. A sequel is the first step toward a tradition. Traditions don’t break molds. Traditions aren’t creative. Traditions are filled with expectations. Don’t sabotage yourself by creating a tradition pregnant with expectations.
Sequels rarely thrill an audience. Sequels are a cheap way to create. But they often bring more pressure than they’re worth.
When is it okay to do a sequel work? Michael Crichton, one of my favorite authors, only wrote one sequel in his life. He wrote Lost World as a sequel for Jurassic Park. He saw it as a challenge. It was a game to him.
Only write sequels on your terms, when you’re looking for the challenge.
Instead, treat every new project like its own thing. Get rid of previous expectations and let yourself create freely. Don’t be bound by traditions or sequels.