I’ve been giving this a lot of thought over the past few weeks. Those of you who keep pace with this blog will know that with the university semester having restarted, I’ve suddenly seen a massive drain on my available writing time. This has actually thus far proven such a detriment that I find I’m struggling to motivate myself to write. It’s not that I don’t have the time, just that I don’t want to use it as wisely as I should.
Thus I have come to a conclusion, one which should be mutually beneficial to all. I will begin serialising my latest novel in blog format on a sister site (http://wbrondtkamffer.wordpress.com). I am currently planning on releasing about 1,500 words three days a week. That should be enough to keep me motivated and moving forward, and it prevents an agonizingly long wait for a new story for those of you so interested.
Now, I want to say one further thing: Yes, this is going to be an unpolished draft that is going up. My hopes for this are twofold: I generally edit the first draft as I go, making sure that everything I wanted to say is in there before moving on to the next chapter. Thus, you will get a slightly polished read, just not a burnished gem. But this is where I hope the readership will come in: the comments will be open on all chapters, and I would love for anyone to drop me a line of direction, something you liked or didn’t like, something to help me improve the book as a whole so that when I move towards the final draft, I have a wider net of feedback to draw from.
Perhaps I am asking a lot. I don’t know. But there have been many before me who have done this, and I have seen them meet with great success. At the very least, I will be forced to keep going on this project, one I am very excited about, but one that has been relegated too easily to the back-burners of late.