Writers’ QUICK Tips: Writing a Novel? Make it a Serial

Instead of writing a novel, write a serial

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.

(I’m opting for serials over novels next year.)

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.

From Kboards:
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.

Here’s how to get started, if you too intend publishing fiction next year: Fiction Frenzy.

 

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

About Angela Booth

Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.