That being said, there are reasons we plan our stories before releasing them to the public. If you read over The Mental Ward, from beginning to end, you will find multiple errors, some people speaking or acting out of character, several overused gestures or expressions, a few plot holes or unresolved threads, and so forth. That's because stories are not perfect the first time through. Remember, we edit for a reason.
Writers are often categorized as plotters or pantsers. Plotters have their novel planned out before they start writing. Pantsers do like I did with Mental Ward -- we write each scene without a guiding outline, discovering the story as we go. Either one is a workable method, but, when you fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants in public, everyone gets to see your blunders. It's a little smoother if you pants in private, then edit, and THEN post your story.
Add to that downfall the issue of dependability. I tried really hard to write a scene every week for you guys without fail. But you will see that there was a gap of several weeks where absolutely nothing was written. Which is another reason why writing the whole thing ahead of time would have been a great idea. I could have scheduled it out on my blog and then sat back to watch.
So I'm entirely arguing against the idea of sharing a story as you write it, but there are definitely some reasons why it could be embarrassing to "pants" a story in public. Lol.
What do you think? Can you think of other reasons why you should or should not post as story as you write it?
|This is a picture I took on the James River, in the fog and rain. It was such a fun day, and I loved the air of mystery added by the mist.|