I've been pondering the possibility of doing a serial of my own, but my one of my larger concern has been length. I generally write shorter stuff at around 50,000 words. I'm also interested in writing stand alone pieces. Anyway, I was thinking about Final Fantasy. The game series doesn't center around a shared world or a continued story, but rather thematic elements, and even though the various games are unrelated from one another in many cases, they still have shared content, such as chocobos and other story/world elements, but not enough to say they're actually set in a shared universe. I'm interested in doing something like this in writing.
So basically I think my "serial" would be centered around short stand alone novels, released in 5-10 post chunks, depending on how I decide to divide the chapters. I spoke about chapter length in a recent post here and a lot of people gave their thoughts on that, which I appreciate!
So just to sum it up, my serial wouldn't be based around the idea of a continuing story, but rather a series held together by other elements. I've also considered shared worlds, but I don't know. I admit, I like to recycle elements back into my writing. Not because I'm lazy, but because I like to keep the good stuff while adding new elements.
But then this makes me wonder, maybe this wouldn't be a web serial, but rather a website hosting multiple web novels. I suppose the difference isn't really that big. Or is it?