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More About Blovels

I’ve blogged about blovels before since I think they’re intriguing and, let’s face it, a brilliant idea! Serving up a novel in chunks was good enough for Charles Dickens so I think it should be good enough for the rest of us.

I was interested to stumble across a few vaguely official definitions of a blovel. One at http://friendfeed.com/blovelspot suggests 40 or so chapters of 1,000 characters each. That seems too short to me. Elsewhere 40 or so chapters of 500-1000 words are suggested which I would tend to agree with, which would give you a decent sized novella at the end of it. You post a chapter at a time, at least one a week, but no more than one a day.

Other important aspects to take into account are:

Structure: have a beginning (approx first 10 chapters), a crisis (chapters 11-30) and a resolution (31-40).

Narrator: go for the first person, but you can hop between characters to give their viewpoints of a situation.

Try and end each chapter with a cliffhanger.

So, are you inspired? Here are some blovels currently out there that are worth a look.

1. Something Fishy by Rorie Stevens

Entertaining mystery-romance, with some fishing thrown in. But you don’t need to be an angler to enjoy this well written story.

2. Land of Kuro by Mykall: Asian dystopian fantasy

3. Broken Vow: Widowmaker’s Return by R A Evans: the author’s first go at fantasy

4. Hourglass by I’m not sure! Science-fiction

5. Before The Dead (B4TD) is: “a novel project between two authors (B and K). We are going to try to bring to you a story of adventure, terror, and horror. We hope to update every month or so.”

6. The Ladiez and their Confessions by Quiyada: Follow India, Sasha, Hillary and Jazmine, “unedited and uncensored”.

 

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SWOTting up and Pitching

Right, the preliminary challenge before starting the 31 day challenge to build a better blog was to do a SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.So here goes for my very new blog:

Strengths: I’m an editor and also a published author so I know quite a lot about writing and publishing. I have a lot of book reviews to put up. My own books to showcase. Interest in electronic publishing too.

Weaknesses: only just starting. Not well known.

Opportunities: making a bit of pocket money if I affiliate to Amazon or to a writing workshop etc. Build up links to other writers and their sites.

Threats: all the other excellent writing sites out there! My lack of assertiveness which I must overcome.

As for the ‘elevator pitch’ i.e. short promotional sentence, hmm. Join me in my journey to be a published author again? Or what I already have – Relaunching my writing career, and looking at books, publishing, the Kindle … and more! Yes, I’ll stick with that.