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Visualizing an Eposodic Adventure

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

mock-up cover
mock-up cover

I originally conceived Outlaws ~ A Serial Adventure as a series of eight small books. Each book coming in at roughly 6-7k words per volume and ending on a major story cliffhanger...

For Kindle Vella's flat, episodic format, I had to break the chapters out into smaller episodes, which meant framing content in tighter pieces and adding more of the "cliffhanger-y" element to each segment.

It's been a rewarding experience and I believe the story has benefited from the new constraints.

Currently, Kindle Vella episodes are presented as a flat list to readers.

Kindle Vella episode list
Kindle Vella episode list

When I'm reading a novel, I'll pay attention to the Table of Contents to get an idea of where I'm going, and where I've been, so-to-speak. It resembles a map for the adventure I'm on. I believe structure is important in stories, even when it's behind the curtain, so. . .

If you're reading Outlaws, here's a quick insight:

  • Outlaws was planned to be eight short books.

  • Every six episodes comprises one small book. One beginning, middle and end.

  • Each multi-part episode (part 1 and part 2) is the finale of that small book.


story outline
Episodic Structure

When I'm finished, Outlaws should reach 48 episodes.

I loosely planned for 8 books.

Each book has 3 chapters. A beginning, a middle, and an end.

Each beginning and middle chapter has 2 episodes.

Each end chapter concludes with a 2 part episode finale.

Books Chapter Episodes Total

8 x 3 x 2 = 48 episodes

I hope reading Outlaws has been as fun of an adventure as writing it has been!

As always,

Thanks for reading!

Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars - "I’m absolutely riveted"

Outlaws ~ A Serial Adventure

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