A Novelr Primer: All We Know About Web Fiction

I think it’s about time I made a summary of everything we’ve learnt about web fiction, at Novelr, for the past four years or so. This post contains all of Novelr’s work. Much of it is directed to the web fiction newbie, intended to bring new writers up-to-speed with all we know about writing and publishing in the form.

Some of these articles are four years old, and sometimes you’ll see a badly articulated idea refined through multiple posts. Looking back on it, I find some of my attempts rather pathetic, and also kind of cool – we’ve certainly come a long way since those early days of experimenting around the blog format.

I hope you find these posts to be of some use.

Why Write Web Fiction?

Web Fiction – The Format

This section contains ideas and observations on the web fiction form.

Designing for Web Fiction

Designing your web fiction site is probably going to be one of the most important things you do, second to the actual writing. Conclusions: the back button is your enemy. Do everything to convert the browser to a reader. Set a tone through design.

Writing Web Fiction

Some thoughts not included below: 1) some people recommend keeping a buffer of one or two chapters while publishing. 2) Talk to your readers while writing. 3) Find a posting schedule and chapter length that is best for your story.

Talking to Readers

If you want a fulfilling web fiction experience, talk to your readers. Respond to any and all comments. Be nice.

Finding Readers

This is a fairly new category – posts dealing with a problem that I’m not sure how to solve, even today. I’ve moved most of my work in this area to Pandamian, but it’s worth looking at, just to see what ground’s been covered.

Web Fiction Community

How to get around the web fiction community. (Note: most writers call this weblit too!)

Making Money with Web Fiction

Thoughts on the Publishing Industry

These posts are all fairly recent (2010), and tied to the start of my work at Pandamian.

Learning To Write

Most of these posts were from Novelr’s early days, when I was still writing fiction (and figuring things out for myself). I’m including this here only because a couple of writers have found them to be useful in the past.

Random (usually funny!) rants about bookish things

Filtering Web Fiction

The posts in this category contain a series of ideas developed over the period of a year. They led to the creation of Web Fiction Guide, amongst other things. Probably not very useful now, but they may be of some historical interest.

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  • http://secretloft.ca Derek

    Now THAT is what I call a roundup. What a resource! Thank you for it.

  • http://www.ditchwalk.com Mark Barrett

    Whatever the applicable award category is, you win. :-)

  • http://www.fluffy-seme.net Isa

    …….WOW XD

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Thank you so much Mark, Derek. Comments like yours keep me going. :)

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    @Isa: thanks.

    @All: Hi guys, would really appreciate it if you share this to whoever is new to web fiction? I’m knackered, and I really want this work to be of some use to the community (even though much has changed). So … please pass this on. I hope it helps.

    And I’m not sure if this is the best place to say this, but: thank you, all of you, for the guest posts, and the friendship, and the community, and the laughs, and the work we’ve done for web fiction.

    Now onward, and towards a exciting new book-future. :)

  • Letitia

    Brilliant! Now all we need is a 500wd precis. :D

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Brilliant! Now all we need is a 500wd precis.

    Oh man.

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  • http://gabrielgadfly.com Gabriel Gadfly

    This is a brilliant collection, Eli. I’ve read several of these posts, and missed several more — it’ll take me a while to read through them all. Thanks for compiling this.

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Thank you, Gabriel. I hope it helps.

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  • Miguel Marado

    Well, I’ve just finished reading everything up on this long list, and many of the posts they linked to. Wooow!

    I’m from Portugal, and had no idea this kind of practice (publishing original material online) was “common”: I thought I’d come up with it when I thought of publishing the “opus” I’m developing on the web. I was amazed (and motivated to read!) when I found out it was a thing, at least in the English language, and had sprawled an entire community.

    I don’t intend to write in English at first, but maybe I’ll translate it afterwards.

    Thank you very much for the wonderful insight. It was great to spend the better part of two days (my whole weekend) in front of the screen with it all. Now, I think I’ll star reading my first online novel.

    I’ll be coming through later to check out the blog, though it looks a bit ‘dead’ now (excuse my honesty).

    Thank you!, once again.

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