The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
original fiction serially posted online, often to themed communities; also known as web fiction
- Write short instalments of a larger story, all tied together through the characters and often through an overarching “meta-story”.
- Before you start, decide how long the story will be–how many episodes. Any length is fine–6,000 words to 60,000 to 600,000. Or more. Just pick.
- Outline the story. Pantsing doesn’t work as well for web serials as it does for novels.
- You can have multiple plots throughout the story, some that end early in the book and others later.
- Release the chapters on a schedule so readers can anticipate.
- Have a hook at the end of each submittal.
- You can write your web serial as a comic or a graphic novel. There’s even a large community of folks who serialize their Sims stories.
- Web serials are often considered the prose equivalent of web comics but with a story arc just as any story would have
- Web serials are similar to the seral installments of novels popularized in the 19th C by Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Pick the best place to publish your web serial. This can include JukePop, Wattpad, Fiction Press, KU, or even your own blog.
I didn’t recognize any of these. Let me know if you do!
- Unsong (here’s the opening line: “If I had to choose a high point for the history of the human race thus far, it would be December 24, 1968.” Is that perfect?)
- Worm & Ward–by John C.d McCrae; Worm is 1.7 million words and Ward is 1.95 (Harry Potter was 1.1 million words). And readers love it!
- Twig by John C. McCrae
- The Bloomer Legacy (a SIMS serial–these are hugely popular, believe it or not)
- Metaworld Chronicles by Wutosama
- A Practical Guide to Evil by ErraticErrata
- Mother of Learning by nobody 103
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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, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.