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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