In the previous
It is up to you. But one thing that a serial allows you to do is to plan arcs instead of having subplots. These subplots can take the center spotlight for a while, and need not be solely about the main character.
Or allowing an ever shifting number of character who become important for a period. Unlike a novel, since it is constrained by the novel. A serial can choose to be far more fluid in how it is handled.
For me, I personally choose to develop arcs, which help propel the main plot forward but isn’t really integral. And also allows me to play with how I’m foreshadowing and setting up the main conflict. A serial need not have the main conflict be at the
It can derail and as long as the characters are entertaining and the story still remains strong, which is consistent in tone while still surprising the reader.
And another benefit is that a serial need not be determined by the number of books or how long it takes to finish. For me, I’ll be talking about developing a serial story for the long term. Something that might take you years to finish. As that’s what I
Here are some tips that I have if you’re writing a serial for the long term.
#1 A cast of characters
From my previous post serials can explore characters a lot more widely than say a novel. And that means being able to define a larger cast of characters without running into the issues that most epic fantasy series do. Being unable to understand how they fit or feeling that their roles are underwhelming.
And in this
#2 Character Growth
This is something that is tricky. But character growth can be better done here as it is more gradual. It can take several arcs or even the entire story for them. That means that growth can be more subtly shown or in certain cases stopped if the arc has no purpose to them or has any importance.
This also allows side characters to take the spotlight with their own struggles, stories,
It can make the journey even more satisfying as the payoff would be longer provided the writing and the storytelling is good enough to match up.
#3 Telling different stories
This can be the biggest benefit. A strong comparison to the serial story that I do is manga. Even as a lot of books adopt this format, for me I took the format of it and turned it to my serial.
It can tell different types of stories, as long as the story still remains the consistent tone and the shift is well done. Arcs can allow this shift to be more seamless, as the reader would be expecting something exciting and fresh each time it reaches a breaking point.
Also, ensure that the arcs are not copycats of each other but still has the consistency and the core themes and message of the story.