17 – Serial Fiction, Part 2

Daystar and Alexander finish discussing serial fiction, namely, chapter length, serial structure, and the need for continuous character growth and new conflicts.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected


Worm, by Wildbow

The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

Percy Jackson, by  Rick Riordan


00:34 Chapter Length

03:56 Overall Length

6:18 Dangers of Stretching Stories Out

10:06 Serial Structure

12:33 Continuous Character Growth

17:23 Continuous New Conflicts

Transcript of Post-Outro Message

Hey everyone, no book recommendation this week, just a state of the union for the podcast. We’ve enjoyed doing it a lot, and so far the feedback has been pretty great. Over the past month we’ve been consistently getting over 2000 combined downloads and plays per episode, which is awesome, especially since it’s in the ballpark of numbers where advertisers start to pay attention.

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