For the past five weeks, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting excerpts from an unfinished story.
You also may have noticed that I never really explained why I was doing it.
Well, it was mainly just an experiment. And, during this time, I was able to get a lot of feedback from you guys.
I know that serialized fiction has been around for a long time. Charles Dickens released much of his work as serials before publishing the finished projects as complete novels.
These two guys, however, are treating their stories as if they are seasons of television shows. For a few weeks, or months, they release weekly episodes of a story. Once the story is over, they will release the entire season as a complete novel before moving on to the next story, or season.
I don’t know why, but something about this particular interview made me stop and take notice. To me, this was an extremely cool idea. I started looking into it, and decided that I wanted to give it a try.
I found an old story that I still needed to finish, and split a portion of it into small parts to be released each week.
Over the past few weeks, I discovered some interesting things. I found out when I have something that I think is cool and want to share, it’s really hard to wait for a week between blog posts. I also found that if someone is really enjoying a story, they also don’t like to wait until the next post. They also have no problem telling you that they don’t feel like waiting.
I kinda like that feeling.
I spoke directly to a few of you and was able to surmise that by releasing larger portions, readers would feel more satisfied each week. I also learned that I need to make sure every release has a good cliffhanger at the end to make sure that people come back for more.
So, what happens now?
Do it again, of course!
I’m currently brainstorming what will be the next story to release as a serial. Once I find the perfect story, you’ll see.
In the meantime, excuse me while I dive back into my shame pile.