A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
a serial story will be divided into short sections released at regular intervals, like once a week or once a month.
- The first three chapters are the anchor for your story. Develop them carefully.
- Have an overarching plot, characters, and setting that tie all the installments together. Have well-considered chapters and/or section breaks that build the drama and crises.
- Each installment should resolve an issue while setting up for the next (so readers come back).
- Serial fiction is light on subtlety. It gets lost during the roll-out.
- You can write serial fiction in groups as long as your co-authors understand the framework.
- A lot of serial fiction writers prepare thorough outlines first so they can see the long game on their series.
- Be prepared to publish weekly–monthly at the slowest.
- Don’t simply break a novel into sections and call that serialized. A novel has a beginning, middle and end. A serial has elements which motivate readers to keep reading.
- You might treat your serial fiction like vignettes–separate stories wrapped around central characters, setting–or comics or a space opera.
- Serial fiction is well-delivered as podcasts, not just ebooks.
- The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
- Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Whitehall by Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Mary Robinette Kowal, Madeleine Robins, and Sarah Smith
- Bookshots by James Patterson
- Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Philip K. Dick, Brian Francis Slattery, and Mur Lafferty
- Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
- The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews
- Indexing by Seanan McGuire
- The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.