Keeping the Story Going
Ok so I have been unable to write for a little bit. I injured my sciatic nerve that runs down my leg and have been bed ridden for a few days. In and out of doctors offices and getting all kinds of medications. Its a little insane.

Unfortunately no one has sent me any comments about the first story post and it's pretty hard to keep up with an interactive blog when no one comments. So if anyone has any ideas on how to build a fan base that will interact I would be very appreciative. I will however post another section of the story tomorrow. I look forward to all of your feedback whether it be positive or negative.

Thanks from Your lovely host,
Kelly
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  1. Cecrow Says:

    I've found your blog as a result of clicking through on who's following Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, and I see what you're trying to do here. You'll probably have more success if you look for Internet communities of writers trying to do something similar, where they exchange works in progress and give each other feedback. The one I generally follow is http://writers-bbs.com/ but I'm sure there must be others out there. Ultimately though, the best route is to find a local community of writers in your area and create a circle of people whose opinions you'll trust. Check your community events calendar for writing workshops, etc. Obviously larger cities will have more to offer, so success depends on where you live.


  2. Sighs Says:

    OK :

    You have to keep writing posts - it can be a bit frustratng writing stuff when no one says anything much back but you just have to persist - that way visitors will see that it is an active blog and so are more likely to become interested and maybe get invovled

    Keep posts short. If you have a long piece of writing just break it up into parts - small posts are less daunting and more likely to be read. Also you get more posts that way! :P

    Finally - get involved with other blogs that are like yours and that therefore will have people reading them who might like reading yours as well, comment on and follow blogs, get out there

    This is a helpful site too:

    http://www.novelr.com/


    good luck!
    Have patience!


  3. Sarah Says:

    I think it's a great idea. I agree with Sighs about keeping the posts shorter. Think of it like playing a role-playing game: "After chugging the last mouthfuls of frothy amber ale from his favorite copper bound mug, the Gatekeeper turns to Bill and says, "Think that's the last of the strongale. I'll fetch a new - what's that!?", before finishing the sentence he's startled by a loud crack on the door, followed by another four in rapid succession. The sound is like the heavy pommel of a sword being slammed against the door."
    In role-playing the Game Master would now ask the players what they want to do...which is what you should do is then ask readers contribute suggestions on the story. For interactive novels to really work you need to be very dynamic in the plot
    and lots of action. This gets the reader more involved than lengthy scenic descriptions - describe the setting in conjunction with the action instead. Like while the characters are walking through the Town and interacting with the environment and other characters - important one or secondary ones. The beauty of a George RR Martin novel is that he gets you to care about characters who are essentially utterly unimportant to the plot action. But they provide valuable background info- like Nan - or get you emotional and upset - like when Jory Cassal is killed - we care because it upsets Arya and other characters we care about.

    Anyway - this long post goes against my own advice but I wanted to give you some positive encouragement and maybe some writing techniques to think about. Oh - and try not to do dialects you're not really comfortable using the correct grammar, cadence and vocabulary for. Writers who are good at this and come of sounding genuine have strong backgrounds in English linguistics and have studied the structure of English language and history. They also have studied comparative literature and know the use of language by authors from Chaucer to Borges.

    Good luck!


  4. Bon Says:

    Ouch! I think that's what happened when I had a nasty fall at my job three years ago. Never got over that mess. Hope you get better!


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