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.
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.
E P O S O D I C
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!
Thanks for reading!
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Outlaws ~ A Serial Adventure
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