I'm trying a bit of an experiment over on my long-running blog, Splattworks: for the first time ever, I'll be serializing one of my full-length plays, in this case my 1992 Oregon Book Award Finalist BOMBARDMENT.
The actual serialization begins tomorrow, but I've been ramping up to it all week with posts explaining what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, what BOMBARDMENT's about, and so on. I'm fascinated by the idea of bypassing the various gatekeepers between writers and the audience; so I really curious to see what happens...if I get responses, it's ignored, etc. I'll try to report back here when it's over, just to fill you in on how it was (or wasn't) received.
It started out as a lark, but, over the course of putitng it together during the last couple weeks, it's started to feel exciting, almost like an opening: figuring how to introduce it, digging up the old production photos and sorting through them, teasing it through Facebook and Twitter, and so on.
Anyway, if you want to check out the play and the process, the posts begin here....
Sounds like a terrific idea. Charles Dickens was serialized. And for years, in the daily newspapers, even in smaller towns, some books were serialized in a "condensed" version that was supposed to lure you to go by the book. So, you are doing something "new" with the media available at this current time. Good going!
Question: I went to the link.
Where exactly are you going to post it on the link? What will we click on?
"Bombardment" Serialization Update: So far, it's been a fascinating ride. The serialization has had a steady flow of readers from around the globe...which, if you think about it, is simply marvelous. I'm curious whether the number will increase, ebb, or remain steady as the process continues. Starting tonight, the narrative takes off in the different direction; so we'll see how readers like the introduction of a new character.
Round-up on serializing my play "Bombardment" through my Splattworks blog:
Fascinating. A core group of readers followed it all the way through, clicking in each day. Some folks would wait and catch up on it during weekends. During its "run" (the time it took to serialize each day), probably about 60 folks tuned in, around 800 for the whole thing. Ironically, that's about equal to a respectable run in a small theatre for an essentially avant-garde play. (Is there an avant garde anymore? Or is avant garde so old that it can no longer be called avant garde?)
Few comments on the blog; some nice private e-mails. And people still seem to reading it. At some point, I'll pull together a Facebook page or something where readers can go for "one-stop" to see all the pieces chronologically. As a serial, it's kind of hard to read now because you have to go back to the beginning and work backwards to the ending...or something like that.
Would I recommend others trying this with their plays? I'm not sure. Given the lead times required between someone reading a piece and choosing to produce, I don't think that's shaken out, and it might take awhile to see if it gets picked up. (Given the looseness of the Internet, I may never know.) I wouldn't suggest anyone bank on it as a way to snag productions--you'd just have to do it for the pleasure of putting it out there. (Which is partly why we do plays, anyhow.)
As an experience in communicating with an audience, it was fun: kind of like having a production, watching the attendance, picking up some press, etc. I looked forward to posting an episode each day, and, like a typical production, was a little bummed when it was over. And I had a good time trying to vary the presentation, dreaming up subject lines for the episodes and finding images to go along with it. It's certainly made for an engaging chapter in the playwriting life. -- S