Re: RARA-AVIS: Serial Hardboiled?

Date: 02 Feb 2002

In a message dated 2/2/02 2:29:25 PM, writes:

<< Don't most novels of any kind have cliff hangers throughout? In effect, doesn't this make each novel a serial? >>

    What I discovered from writing a novel that I knew would be serialized before it appeared in book form, was that I had to guide or ride the story so as to distribute major points of tension about every 10,000 -11,000 words. Since I don't know exactly what is going to happen as the story develops, that is a little tricky.
    To your point, it wasn't difficult to accomplish, but I had to be aware of "blocks" of the story in a way that I did not in my first (unserialized) novel. It may be that others have had an altogether different experience, but that was mine.

                                    Jim Blue

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