The end result of all that mental wrangling from the last few posts is this:
I am strongly considering reviving my most successful long writing projects to date (Blue Moon for those who’ve known me a VERY long time, or Choose for more recent friends).
I don’t enjoy writing in a vacuum.
And my youthful enthusiasm towards Getting Discovered And Becoming An Author has dimmed.
It’s hardly as if I dislike my job, after all, so dreams which would have me not doing it tend to feel a little hollow. (But what if I make it BIG, I always ask myself. And yes, if I become the next J.K. Rowling, then sure. But the odds of that are so catastrophically out of my favor that I might as well start buying lotto tickets).
So! The only reasons NOT to do another chunk of serialized fiction is
- I won’t be able to formally publish it afterwards. Not with the naked eyeballs of the entire internet free to peruse its every dirty little comma.
And the reasons TO do another chunk of serialized fiction are numerous.
- I’m rusty, y’all, and I won’t pretend otherwise. I’d get up to speed on a “publishworthy” story, sure, but it’s pumping water from an old well at this point and I know it.
- At this point, the word “publishworthy” tasks like dead ash and shattered glass. I’m sure that won’t last, but I want to write because my soul is on fire rather than because I dream of acclaim or fame. I miss writing just to WRITE.
- I love. LOVELOVELOVE being able to share writing with folks and get their enthusiasm and happiness and enjoyment. Selfish to want it in the moment? So be it.
- I have had success with serialized fiction in the past.
- I LOVED the concept of Choose and encouraging my readers to add story seasonings I might not have chosen.
- I like reading it. I know not everyone does, and I’m delighted to offer a purchasable book at the end — but I do enjoy the format. It’s something to look forward to on a regular basis. (I currently follow Ilona Andrews’s “Inkeeper” series as well as Charlotte E. English’s “Modern Magick” series)
- My life is just not interesting enough to sustain this blog. I spent this weekend reading books and playing silly video games while my cats curled up in various impossible yoga positions around me. To me, that’s happiness — but it makes for one heck of a cobwebby blog.
I -could- split the difference and issue chapter updates behind password-protected posts … but then I lose discoverability and my blog stops being welcoming to the idle visitor. It becomes a cascade of “No Touchy” posts for anyone not in the “know” and that feels a bit squicky to me.
So! Without further ado, howsabout we start with a poll?
Tami Should Write ...
- Serial fiction, in the style of Choose. I, as a reader, would be delighted to participate in such polls! (50%, 4 Votes)
- Serial fiction, but ditch the polls. I'd rather just read it as it comes out. (25%, 2 Votes)
- Publishable fiction. You're overdue and you can secretly ferret chapters to me behind password-protected blog posts. (25%, 2 Votes)
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