So I’ve been doing this writing thing for a while now. Eighteen years, more or less, once you factor in the time spent working on poetry, scripts, gaming stuff, an unfinished thesis, and stories as a collective whole.
I still go out and learn to do stuff.
And I still read stuff where I am thoroughly fucking schooled and have the way I think about writing turned on its head.
The sequel stuff feels like someone just sat down and wrote a short essay that basically says, “hey, you, short story writer, this is why you struggle with novels.”
Go forth and read it.