Writing Life

Serial Fiction: Two Approaches

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Screenshot taken 3/30/18 @ 9:28 pm EDT

At present, I’m offering two works of serial fiction on WattPad: Pathogen and Rings of Saturn. While there are a number of differences between each of these stories, such as genre, one of the main differences is the way I’m approaching the work.

Pathogen has already been written for the most part. I’m editing and revising each piece for style before posting it, but the story is mostly composed and edited, and beyond that it’s planned.

Rings of Saturn, on the other hand, is something else. I have an overall plan in mind–i.e. I know where I’m going with the story and with each update before I sit down to write it, but I’m storing it in my head and just writing on the day of release.

The latter is how Dickens wrote his serial fiction, so I’m trying it out. I have other stories that are already drafted and could be released on WattPad in the same way I’m releasing Pathogen, but I’m not going to start any more stories until at least one more month. I want to finish my semester as a TA first and see how life is laying out for the last month of my MFA semester (by that point).

I’m enjoying trying out different approaches on WattPad. So far Rings of Saturn is proving the more popular story by number of reads as you can see from the screenshot above. It has only one more vote though. It’s too soon to tell if the difference is the genre/story or the way I’m approaching each project.

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