Want to write a novel? Writers become intimidated at the thought of writing 100,000 words. However, your novels can be as long, or as short, as they need to be. Instead of writing a full-length novel, at anywhere from 60,000 to 120,000 words, consider writing serials.
Each “episode” in your serial may be just 10,000 words. (Or even less, if you’re writing erotica.) Think of your serials as being like TV shows. If you have six episodes of your novel, it amounts to a full-length novel of 60,000 words.
Please be aware that a serial isn’t a hacked-about novel. Each serial needs to be reasonably well contained, a story in itself. From What’s a Serial and Why Would I Read One?
No. A serial is not a chopped up novel, just like a TV episode is not a chopped up movie. It’s a different way of telling stories.
I know there is no definitive rule regarding a serials length, but what do people feel is a suitable word count per episode? I am thinking each should be around the 15,000 to 20,000 mark. To long, to short?
Mine are 12-15k, no (real) complaints.
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