Thursday, August 14, 2008

UB Over!

Gosh, it's over. What am I going to do with all my spare time? I'll tell you what I'm going to do--I'm going to sleep and maybe vacuum a little. Exciting, yes? Well, I'm excited about it.

What have I learned from UB?

1. Longer chapters are better. This is a matter of opinion, but it has become sealed in my head that longer chapters are better. Forget trying to make chapters into nice bite sized pieces. If you're posting 80,000 words, is it better to post 2,000 at a time or 500? Even if you're posting the 500 more often, the readers are still going to have to read 80,000 words by the end AND they won't have to click as much if the chapters are longer. Plus, readers probably won't wait with bated breath for 500 words like they would for 2,000. They're more likely to wait for about 2,000 to be posted before coming back. Again, this is all just a matter of opinion, but this is how I justify my opinion.

2. Having more chapters makes for a very long sidebar that looks freakish. I worried that the sidebar would become longer than the chapters. Point 1 would've made this problem null.

3. Preparing chapters ahead of schedule to post over time so you aren't always stuck in a bind the night before trying to edit the newest chapter is something I really should try doing. It would be so awesome.

4. I need to only have ONE project going at a time. Trying to post UB while editing Scary Mary made me really scattered. If I'm posting a story, I want my only priority to be that story. I'm done editing SM now anyway. I just need to get layout right and it will be DONE.

5. Readers are so nice. When I had to go on hiatus because of life issues, readers offered to lend a hand, and I was so touched. Even though I didn't take them up on it, the offer alone helped. Readers are also really good at catching mistakes. It was cool to have their eagle eyes catching what my sleep-deprived blurry ones missed.

All in all, I'm happy with how everything turned out. I hope to start a brand new project in a few months.

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