Writing serial fiction can be profitable. You’re writing short ebooks, so writing a serial is less intimidating than writing a novel. Writing 10,000 word ebooks is easy, right?
The big secret of writing serial fiction: more words, more income
I love writing serials, because I love hitting the Publish button. You can tell, can’t you… that’s the reason I adore blogging. However, it’s a challenge to stay on track with a serial.
Let’s say you’ve committed to publishing a new episode of your serial every two weeks. It’s only 10,000 words over 14 days, you think. You can do that in three or four days, easily.
Unfortunately, life tends to get in the way. Suddenly, you’re a day away from publication, and you’ve written 600 words of the episode. That’s not a position that’s comfortable. No one will die if you’re a day or two late, but you’re disappointing readers. And yourself.
Let’s look at some tips which will help you to meet your serial publication deadlines.
1. PUSH! Create deadlines you can achieve easily
I’ve recently become a fan of MasterChef. I watched an episode a month ago, and I’m hooked. One of the reasons I love the show (besides the food) is because professional cooking is a lot like professional writing. You have to PUSH.
You need to write as many words as you can, as often as you can. Write PUSH! onto a sticky note, and paste it onto your monitor. Never allow yourself to fall into procrastination. You’ll pay for it later.
The big benefit: developing professional writing habits with your serial fiction helps all your writing.
2. Summarize each episode and keep a running list
I know that many writers find organization challenging. That’s OK; I do too. Once you’ve written three or four episodes, it’s easy to lose track of events and characters in your serial. This is especially true if you’re working on three or four pieces of fiction at any one time.
Try keeping a running list of your episodes. It’s easier to read your list than it is to read entire episodes.
Just write a sentence or five about what happens in the episode, and what your lure was for that episode. By “lure”, I mean how did you entice readers to be eager to read the next episode?
You can keep your running list in a computer file, but I find it’s more useful to write it by hand. I remember more when I write things out manually.
3. Set a word count goal each day, and PUSH
Yes, we’re back to pushing yourself. 🙂
Work out how many words you need to write each day, to meet the deadline for each episode. Then track your words.
Let’s say that you need to write 1500 words a day. You only accomplish 900 words in one day. You’ve now got a 600-word deficit. You can make that deficit up, by having two writing sessions on one day, or by writing an extra 200 words for a few days.
Your serials will help you to develop a great writing habit
Serials are fun to write. If you’re not used to setting goals for your writing, and focusing on word count, serials will change that. Good luck… and keep pushing. 🙂
Why write serial fiction?
Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.
It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.More info →
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