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Writing Web Serials

One of the things I've noticed about Web serials is the tendency to serialize novels, something not exactly suited for serialization. This can be done well, but the authors of Web serials cringe when they hear that people want to serialize their books. There is a good reason for that.

12 days ago

Latest Post Some Thoughts on Writing Web Serials by G. Michael Rapp public

One of the things I've noticed about Web serials is the tendency to serialize novels, something not exactly suited for serialization. This can be done well, but the authors of Web serials cringe when they hear that people want to serialize their books. There is a good reason for that.

I started out my Web serial, A Protracted Game, thinking that I would need to rethink how I approached the project. It was originally a massive (and planned) book series, but, then, I saw the work of Wildbow, who serialized his first major project using WordPress. It was like a lightning bolt, which shocked me out of my novel-centric thinking. A Protracted Game was far too impractical for a novel series. Too many ideas, too many plots, and far too many characters.

However, A Protracted Game came to life as a serial, to be published on the Web (see the link in the header menu for details). The story, to me, feels more like a serial, and the serial format feels more homey for this story. It feels like something that will allow me to explore this universe that has been preoccupying many of my daydreams and nightmares. Moreover, the serial format forces me to produce a quality story in new installments, and the format requires that I keep things interesting, rich, and deep.

I will be blogging more on this topic, so stay tuned. For the time being, consider heading over to my Web serial page for the first installment(s) of A Protracted Game, all of which are free to all readers who want to check them out.

G. Michael Rapp

Published 12 days ago

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