Serial Fiction: The latest one

I have now concluded my ten-part fiction serial, ‘It Begins’. During this week, I will put it all together in one long post, for those of you who prefer to read it all at once.

As usual, I would like to thank everyone who read it all, and especially those who left the valued comments. Nothing pleases me more than to see people trying to work out what might happen, or having opinions about the characters.

Following on from past serials, it attracted the same number of readers, between 50-70 for each part. That’s fine with me, as I appreciate that sticking with a 1000+ word fiction piece every day is not to everyone’s taste. And most people just don’t have the time to spare either. If anyone didn’t like the story, feel free to tell me that too. I am always interested in your opinions, either way.

I know from previous experience that some readers are interested in how I work out what happens, and get the various characters together in the same place. On this occasion, I diverted from the earlier serials, by having the ending in mind before I started on Part One. I worked ‘backwards’ from the final paragraph, to create the world that Jack lived in, leading up to the conclusion.

I have no idea when the next serial will pop into my head. Meanwhile, I will be working on a ‘Photo-prompt’ short story, inspired by Sue Judd. https://suejudd.com/

Thanks again, and best wishes to you all. Pete.

17 thoughts on “Serial Fiction: The latest one

  1. When writing, I always start with knowledge of the ending, though I might leave myself a wee bit of wiggle room. Rather than work my way backwards from the ending, I just come up with how I think the piece should start, maybe throw in a bit of foreshadowing, work out a general road map from Point A to Point B, and then gradually fill in the details as required by the ideas that come my way as I slowly make progress in the writing. So for me, the suspense is not in how a piece is going to end, and not so much in how I’m going to get there, but rather in what details will populate the text. Some of the details that pop into the text will inevitably create a problem of one kind or another, so there’s also a measure of suspense in how I’m going to solve that problem.

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    1. This was an unusual one for me, David. I usually get a title in my head first. On this occasion, the ending appeared before anything else.
      Always interesting to read how your thought process works too.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Phew! I quickly read the title in my email notification and for some reason read ‘the last one’ not ‘the latest one’
    I was immediately filled with dissepiment and wondered why you might stop writing, but then proceed to read your reasoning, knowing that it would be sound.
    Ah! The latest one.
    Silly me, looking forward to your next creation 🙂

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    1. I have done a few stories from photo-prompts already. They certainly offer a different challenge. 🙂
      I’m so glad you enjoy the serials. I always enjoy writing them, even though it’s a lot of ‘brain work’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I’ll catch up with it when you collect it all. In my case, some days I’m much busier than others and I hate having go back and forth to catch up, so having it all in one place where I can access it when I have enough time is perfect. I always enjoy your stories so I’m looking forward to it. Thanks!

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