I began writing short stories back in August, and I have had a couple that have had to be broken up into segments (part 1, part 2, etc…)
The rationale behind this is not so much that I love a “cliffhanger”, but more because, as a follower of many blogs myself, I realize most of us only have only so many hours in the day to devote to reading other people’s work, and I try to be brief. Most of my posts run 1000 words or less, and for works of fiction, I try to cap them at 1500, roughly a 4 or 5 minute read, depending on how
much people skim speedy people are.
I don’t know about you, but when going through my reader, I may often see a post that interests me, but when after the initial sentence it says “3500 more words”… I think to my self, MAN! I haven’t GOT 20 minutes to spend reading this post! Love ya, but… gotta move on…
That sounds so very harsh, and I am shamed to my core to admit it, but I think this may possibly be a problem for more than just me.
So here is my question for you, dear readers, followers, friends, blogbuddies, family members and any domestic pets that may be laying on your keyboard as we speak: Would you rather have a serialized version of a short story (i.e. part 1, part 2, part 3) or one mega-long post so you aren’t left hanging off a cliff? Or, alternatively, would you rather works of fiction be moved to another blog? I realize it is not everyone’s bag, baby. 🙂
Example: Here are links to Crazy Part 1 (1343 words), Part 2 (1056 words) and Part 3 (1550 words). (That story is concluded, by the way – woohoo! No more cliffhanger!) As one post, this would have rung in at a whopping 3949 words…
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