For those who are new to this blog, I want to say something to ya: Welcome! Grab a chair, your favorite beverage, and a good seat. This is gonna be a wild ride. For those who are returning, I want to say something to you all as well: Thank you for reading!
Anyways, back to the heart of tonight's blog posting. I've got some great news, news that I believe will help those indies struggling to get their books, their projects, their art, off the ground.
Last year, ya kno', 2019, I began writing and publishing a small Web serial: A Protracted Game. The Web serial in question was quite difficult to launch, because I'd never really written anything for an electronic medium--except blogs. You saw that correctly. Blogs are really my only foray into writing fiction and nonfiction for electronic media.
Due to my inexperience with Web serial--a form that I'd read partially and never had much experience with--I decided to scour the Web for advice on approaching this medium. I found a wonderful writer, someone who is both creative and quite kind to fellow writers: Wildbow. Wildbow, of Parahumans fame, has offered up, over the years, a lot of great advice to writers who want to produce Web serials. (I will also credit Pirateaba for her help as well.)
After finding these bright lights in the darkness of the Web, I decided to begin working on my Web serial. Before I began working on A Protracted Game, I'd been enrolled in an MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University, where I stumbled on the idea of serializing a story. It was at SNHU that I realized my writing dreams, of chasing the great American novel, were settled on the wrong thing. In fact, I found that my attempts at writing a novel weren't productive nor were they conducive to my creative interests.
You see, I love long yarns. Ask anyone. I love TV shows, in that they offer a wonderful story that unfolds before one's eyes with each installment. I wanted to give readers that experience, an experience that I'd cherished for much of my life. As a fan of speculative fiction, I was torn over the giants like Game of Thrones and The Expanse, both of which were fun, yes, but they left me feeling bored, unfulfilled, and, if I'm completely honest, hungry for more from those universes.
A Protracted Game began as a yearning to create a sort of never-ending story arc. In other words, I wanted to create a story arc that would develop into something that would keep readers coming back for more (and more). I wanted to offer infinity in our very finite media. Novels could offer me this chance to hook readers and keep them coming back for more. Neither could short stories. However, Web serials felt like a great alternative to those options presented before me.
A Protracted Game was published on my companion Website and a half dozen or so hosts like RoyalRoad about two months ago. After a little bit of stewing and hard work, I am proud to say that A Protracted Game has seen more views, more visits, and more exposure. When you type in "A Protracted Game web serial" into Google, you find my work, which is pretty awesome. People are talking about it, which is weird, and people are asking for more, which is also weird.
What does this have to do with you all? That's a great question. It's readers like you've made all of that possible. It's also the help of writers like Pirateaba and Wildbow who opened up my world of writing.
Overall, this has been an amazing adventure. If you're looking to write a Web serial, please consider reaching out to me or others who've written their own serials.