Sharing scenes from my current novel-in-progress (maaaaybeeee novellaaaaa…) has been quite the experience. So in no particular order…
…it forces me to write something. I promised to send people scenes every Sunday, and I haven’t missed a Sunday yet (17 Sundays so far!)
…it pushes me through my fear of judgment. The fear is still there, but I’m facing it down!
…it makes me write differently. In part, this is because I know someone is going to read it, unlike the stack of stories in my very large binder. But also because I’m sharing it in sections, it isn’t like a book someone can just keep reading or flip back through the pages. What if a reader has forgotten a character? What if I pick up where a scene from two weeks ago left off? And I don’t want a narrator to jump in with, “When we last saw our hero…” So, there are more scene changes than there probably would be otherwise.
…it has me wondering how long something like this can go on. A novel might be 250 pages, but my 17 installments (that’s 17 weeks!) is not even 40 pages in my Word doc. I could make each installment longer, of course, but people do not like long emails. People are already giving me a great gift of their time to read what I send. Asking anyone to read a ten page chapter in their email (and probably on their phone) seems…a bit much.
…it makes me cringe! If I were writing this like a normal person, I’d have it completely written and I’d have fixed all the plot holes and straightened out the plot lines. My apologies, those along for the ride! I’m taking you on a journey and I get the next part of the map when we stop at a stop sign. And it’s dark so I can’t see the potholes. And the engine is unreliable. And maybe the driver shouldn’t even have a license.
…it has logistical issues. What really is the best way to serialize a novel in this digital age? Maybe I should used a different for than Tiny Letter. I like Tiny Letter, but it makes sharing old issues next to impossible. But on the other hand, it is free!
…it is fun! For me anyway. I enjoy it the same way I love NaNoWriMo and Story-a-Day May. It’s a challenge!
If anyone has a question, ask! And thanks for reading.