Back in the late summer of 2015 I serialized a novel, The Halley Branch. For the first couple of weeks I wrote a chapter and posted it the next day. Later I spent a weekend and finished the whole thing in one sitting ( about 20,000 over the weekend) and then posted at my leisure. I found some very good and some very bad points about posting like this.
One good part about it is that I always have a post ready! When I start a new writing project, I stick with it (or have over the last 4 or 5 years, before that, no ;) ). It is also great to get immediate feedback. I actually wrote two of my best chapters for The Halley Branch in response to comments, chapters that added depth to the overall story.
But then, what about my blog readers who don’t want to read a serialized novel? My guess is that the majority of you out there really don’t want to read a new 2,000 word chapter every day, or even three of them a week. And also, when it’s time for me to start doing revisions and pounding it into shape, is it good thing to have the first draft lying around?
For that last question, I have started to dismantle The Halley Branch. It will eventually be totally removed from my blog, long before I get ready to publish it. I have already taken down every short story to appear in Seasons of Imagination.
Of course, there are people out there who have started to read my new series, The Old Mill. Should I let them down? I really don’t want to,but…
Today I made a Table of Contents for The Old Mill stories. I also added navigation to the stories to make it easier to get around. So I will continue for at least a while. I’ve also decided that I will put up at least one post a day that isn’t part of the series so people who don’t want to read it but do like my blog will have something to look at. (Also so my stats don’t take a nose-dive ;) )
I’m curious on how you feel about it. What do you think? Is it wrong to put up a first-draft, serialized novel, or do you think i should keep going with it?