Well, as I said last Thursday, in light of my ridiculously busy fall schedule, I’ve been toying with the idea of dropping my weekly Technical Writing series here at Unstressed Syllables. At the same time, I said I thought I’d probably have last week’s series for you this week.
I don’t. I received a proof copy of Gods Tomorrow on Friday, and have spent most of the three days since then freaking out, and trying to get everything in place for the official launch a week from tomorrow.
I did find time to write up the introduction to this week’s Creative Writing series, which will go live tomorrow, so I thought I’d go ahead and post today with a little explanation of my new plans for the fall weekly schedule.
Mondays, like today, I’ll post casually if I’ve got anything to say — usually a business news or technical update, maybe a link to an interesting article, or even a report on my current work-in-progress.
I’m not planning on having something ready every Monday, which shouldn’t be a problem because Mondays are never super popular with readers. (Saturday and Sunday are even worse, which make help clarify some of my other choices.)
Tuesdays I’ll tell a little story. It’s the same thing I’ve been doing on Thursdays for a few months now, providing a 500- to 800-word story by way of introduction to the week’s topic.
Wednesdays still belong to Courtney. Her WILAWriTWe is still the most popular part of Unstressed Syllables, and I have no desire to interfere with that. Keep tuning in for WILAWriTWe Wednesdays, and she’ll keep charming.
Thursdays I’ll post the articles that used to go up on Fridays — background and informational lectures concerning the week’s topic. This week I’m going to talk about narrative structure, so Thursday’s article will look at the role of deliberate narrative structure: the way you order your scenes and the effect it has on readers.
And Fridays will get the old Saturday posts, writing exercises or more general application of the information provided in Thursday’s lecture. Since I’m basically talking about plot outlines this week, you can expect an article on Friday telling you how to build a plot outline and challenging you to try it out.
Weekends, as I said, have never had great readership on any of the websites I’ve ever worked with. Also, I hate working weekends. I spend enough time away from my family going into the office all week, I have a hard time locking myself in the guest bedroom Saturday morning to pound out a blog post.
So weekends I’ll take a break, and give you a chance to get caught up on the week’s reading if you got a little behind, and then we’ll start again fresh Monday. Or, more often than not, Tuesday.
The good news is that, even with me cutting back on coverage, you can expect a lot of interesting news over the coming months. We’ve got NaNoWriMo a-brewing, a grand adventure into self-publishing, and my reckless entrepreneurial experiment ticking quietly away (remember the Consortium?). Among them, I should find an interesting story or two.
Other than that, it’s just things and stuff.