Wow, thank you all for the warm welcome. I will have to jump in and read all these great stories!
@Wildbow: I'm pretty sure I did read it somewhere on your blog - maybe the post you made on looking back the last 2 years of Worm? Hopefully, what worked for you will work for me as well. My favorite writing quote is from Sanderson: "Sit in a chair and write. Ignore this thing they call writer's block. Doctor's don't get doctor's block; your mechanic doesn't get mechanic's block. If you want to write great stories, learn to write when you don't feel like it. You have to write it poorly before you can write it well. So just be willing to write bad stories in order to learn to write better."
I think the biggest thing is that writing is personal. And putting that writing out there for others to see, can be a huge punch to the ego. So we revise and revise and revise, because we want people to see the best of us - we want to say, "Hey, this is who I am. This is what I can truly do." But in the end, I think what Sanderson says is very telling. The best thing you can do is to finish your story. Your first few books/works will not be great writing (usually). You have to accept writing poorly in order to move forward and learn. That's what I hope this serial experiment will do for me.
@George: Congrats on breaking 100k. That's a big milestone. My largest story to date is only 60k. Here's to serial fiction and productivity!
@Stormy: I've also been doing the 500 words/day. It's definitely helpful, though I do feel it's a bit jarring in terms of the flow of the narrative. I'm hoping I will learn to be able to sit down and just write a chapter in a single sitting without doing too much mid-writing editing.
@Amy: Thank you for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I did submit my story - it's sitting in the queue for approval. I wasn't sure if two chapters was enough, but I read somewhere that it often takes some time to be evaluated due to backlog, so I figured I'd probably have at least a third chapter out before then. All the best for your story and potential future publication! I think it's just the right amount of crazy