How long before switching it up?

2 years ago | mathtans (Member)

Today, after 47 uninterrupted weeks of my time travel serial, I'm switching my website back to my choose-our-paths story. It has me wondering - how long do you keep at it before switching things up? And what effect (if any) do you think temporary diversions have on your audience?

To clarify, I don't mean you need to start a completely new story. It could simply be shifting perspectives from one group of people we've seen for a while, over to another group in the same world. Or changing the narrative away from your main character for a bit. And the easy answer is likely "it happens naturally" or "it felt like the right time" - and certainly for me, breaking where I am makes sense (there's about to be a time skip of several months). But is there more thought to it? And might you lose - or gain - readers by doing so? How long would you stay away from one storyline before coming back to it? Just wondering.

Also, brief plug, if anyone wants to vote for my next "Epsilon" story, see https://mathtans.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/plot-voting-3/ by Tuesday (there's a good chance you'll influence things, as a dozen votes would be a new high for me). Related, if you get me in the "Fools" swap, you can decide whether you want to write for the story starting next week, or do bonus content for the one that (temporarily) ended today.

Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca

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  1. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I write in distinct "book" blocks, where the end of the book is just that, the end of a book. I write until the standard climactic end of the story, and then I move on to a new book.

    Actually seems to be biting me in the ass right now. I appear to have lost a good chunk of readers in the jump from Book 1 to Book 2, as the new book is a new location with new characters and dealing with a whole different set of concerns.

    I feared this might be the case- even Pratchett had that problem- but it's been a bigger hit than I thought it would be (a roughly 10-15% loss of readership... which is rather ouch). Things have finally started turning around again, but when this book finishes in a month or two, I may face another loss like this one.

    Author of Price.
  2. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago