I had been perusing options for publishing a book. Not a full book, but a serial novel. I’ve had this idea for a book for quite some time that I have been working on. I have two actually; I tend to hop back and forth between them when the story train stalls on one. But one in particular I have been kicking around the idea of offering it as a serial novel.
The reason for wanting to do a serial novel is motivational. If people are reading the serials, odds are better of keeping myself invested in the project. If no one is reading then no one is interested and I can stop wasting my time on it.
Basically this: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? If a book is written and no one reads it, is it truly a book?
(I know… deep)
I checked out a few websites that offer serialized fiction… Wattpad, Chanillo, Medium, even Reddit. Each one fell short for different reasons. Either the reader base was too young (Wattpad), the paywall is too high for what’s offered (Chanillo), or it’s not geared towards what I’m trying to do (Medium, Reddit).
Of course I realize the serial novel idea is just a stop gap fix to a more plaguing issue, procrastination. But truth be told, procrastination is just a symptom of a bigger problem: discipline. You procrastinate when you don’t have the discipline to stick to a plan and follow through. You procrastinate when immediate gratification and satisfaction are held in higher value.
The past year has been a great year of self discipline in other regards. I’ve lost 40 pounds. I go to the gym 5 days a week. I floss. I bought a house. I have discipline in other areas. I just need to apply that discipline to my writing and finally get shit done.