My last serial ‘Becky’ has now concluded. As I usually do, I am looking back on the process, and how it was received by readers.
Writing about a modern relationship was a new diversion for me, and as always, it started with an idea for the ending, and worked back. On this occasion, I slightly changed that ending, deciding to leave it open for the reader to draw their own conclusion.
One reader suggested (by email) that there should have been more dialogue, in the form of protracted converations. This is the familiar debate about ‘Show not tell’. I am not a professional writer, and have never really subscribed to that concept. So I carry on in the style that I am comfortable with, even though it might be ‘telling’, rather than ‘showing’.
Perhaps a few readers assumed that this story was semi-autobiographical? Other than the fact that I once lived with a nurse for some time, that was not the case. But some aspects did apply to one or other of my relationships over the years, and could also be identified by some of you from your own. Setting the story in London again was something of an easy option, as that makes it simpler for me to get a sense of place, and to judge distances and timings.
Despite my change of theme, ‘Becky’ was well-received, with 90-100 views for every episode so far, currently totalling 2850 for the thirty episodes. Engagement in the comments was satisfying too, with some readers discussing points with each other, something I always enjoy.
Some people didn’t enjoy the story, which is fine with me. Not everyone can like everything, or be expected to. And I appreciate that sticking with a long daily serial is a lot to ask for from anyone. But I would like to thank everyone who did, as well as those who shared episodes on social media, and commented on every one.
The complete story will be published soon, for those of you who prefer to read it as one long piece.
Best wishes to everyone, Pete.