The Serial Novel

days5 copyMore and more frequently I’ve begun to notice a trend amongst author blogs in sharing their book in it’s entirety on their blog, posting new chapters each day, or every few days.

I first heard of the concept of the serial novel from the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. And perhaps to an extent the Sex and the City columns that later branched out into the book by Candace Bushnell.Thanks to blogging it seems that the serial novel has made a resurgence (however brief–as of this reposting I feel like I rarely hear about it any longer) amongst authors and I have to say I’m rather tempted. I love the following I’ve managed to amass thus far, and I have felt for a long time that I’m doing myself a bit of a disservice by not sharing my fictional prowess on my blog. Which admittedly is not the same as my blog writing prowess. Here’s the thing, because it’s going on my blog there’s a good chance I won’t be able to send each individual chapter over to my editor before posting them (particularly if I’m hoping to make this a daily thing) so it will really only undergo my personal editing…

Authors Update: At the time of the original writing, three years ago now, according to WordPress, I was excitedly working on an earlier draft of my previous work in progress which is what I had intended, or at least thought I should post on my blog as a sort of serial novel. Since then however, beyond the obvious time constraints, serial novels have taken a sort of dive in popularity once more (if they ever really were that popular to begin with). It was, to my mind, a sort of good idea that might have been a fun challenge but that unfortunately never panned out. That said, there’s something to be said for short stories, written specifically for this blog and I might consider that going forward, assuming I can figure out what story exactly I could make that would be short enough to blog in a segment or a few segments.

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