It has been an unusual two months. For those who don't know, I've been hard at work writing a Web serial, experimenting with narrative techniques, characterization, and, of course, writing schedules. I have found that I am a horrible procrastinator. I tend to write everything at the last minute, which is great if I were writing a term paper, maybe. Writing Web serials this just isn't the case. Instead, I've found that I have to keep myself accountable, minus a few slip-ups here and there, to keep my Web serial afloat.
A Protracted Game, my first and current foray into serialized Web fiction, has been a unique challenge, and I hope to share some of these challenges with you all, here and now.
Challenge #1: Finding your flow is trickier than most realize.
Challenge #2: Audiences aren't easy to find. You have to work at snagging their interest, and you have to keep them reading. This means you have to understand what your analytics are saying to you.
Challenge #3: Writing every day is a challenge, and it's a challenge that you have to rise to if you want a successful Web serial.
Challenge #4: Distractions are no joke. There are things like Netflix, Amazon Prime, the World Wide Web, and, of course, other projects that keep popping up their heads, hoping you will focus on them instead of your Web serial.
Challenge #5: The world of publishing is full of white noise. You have to find ways to pierce through this white noise. Know SEO, know marketing, and know when to drive and funnel traffic to your projects.