As a writer, the internet can be a great way to gather an audience. If you want to start a fiction blog, here are a few tips for writing blog-friendly fiction.
Like every other kind of art, literature changes according to what people want and what tools are available to artists. While some authors stick to publishing, many young authors are embracing newer text mediums – especially on the internet.
Even if you’re ultimately hoping to get a publishing deal, blog writing can be an excellent way for young writers to hone their skills, have fun, and attract new readers. If you’re thinking of starting a fiction blog, here are some tips on taking advantage of the internet to tell your story.
What is a “Blog Fiction” Blog?
“Blog fiction” refers to a specific kind of fiction blog. Blog fiction writers tell their story in the voice of a fictional blogger, and the blog itself serves as a framing device for an ongoing story. Blog fiction is like a cousin of the web video series (especially the found-footage genre, which also uses its medium as a framing device.) The blog’s format allows the narrator (the author speaking through the narrator) to interact with their audience in the comments.
Some early examples of blog fiction include the Fear Mythos stories. In the early 2010s, several writers across the internet collaborated to create a massive, intricate horror setting. Some of them created vlogs or creepypasta, but other writers, like the authors of The Jeanette Experienceand The Chronicles of Taras, took advantage of the blog format to tell their stories in first person. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing with your writing, here are a few tips.
Finding Your (Narrator’s) Voice
An essential part of writing any first-person narration is figuring out what your narrator’s voice sounds like. Your narrator’s voice is especially important for blog fiction because your narrator isn’t just telling the story or letting us tag along inside their head. They’re the ones actually writing it.
Most authors of blog fiction go for an informal tone. This informality might be more accessible for your audience, and it makes sense that your narrator would write that way. However, if you’re used to writing in a more formal, flowery tone, that’s also fine. It might help you stand out, too. Just make sure to justify it; don’t write formally unless your narrator is the type of person who would write that way.
Another exciting feature of the blog fiction style is that, depending on what’s going on in your story, your writing style may change over the course of your story. A tense or dramatic scene can be stylized with brief sentences and typos. These changes can show that the narrator isn’t doing well. If you can imply that something terrible (or exciting) is going on in the background, saying less can heighten the tension. Just make sure not to leave your audience hanging for too long.
Plotting Your Story
Like most internet-based fiction, “blog fiction” are serialized stories. This form of fiction has some advantages for you as a writer. You have more time to plot your story, and you can gauge your reader’s reactions to your writing as you go along. However, serialized plots have a few pitfalls too.
Pacing can be a problem. Most blog fiction starts slowly, especially if it has horror or action elements. And starting slow can give the audience time to get to know your narrator and their world before everything goes south. Second, you must have some idea of how your story will end. Serialized stories that don’t have a plan, or stories that outlive their original goal, tend to go awry near the end. This is especially true if your story has mystery elements.
Just look at Riverdale, Lost, or many other TV shows that turned bad in later seasons. Most of them started strong, with a decent story, interesting characters, and hope for a great ending. But the writers didn’t have any plans for ending the show, so the writers fell back on shock value and overdone plot twists instead. To avoid this, make sure you have at least some idea of the answer to your story’s central mystery. Otherwise, you might, quite literally, lose the plot.
Blog fiction can be an excellent way for a new writer to have fun exercising their creativity, practice writing from a first-person perspective, and find a new audience. If you’ve got a good idea and need a platform for it, blog fiction might be a good place to begin.