Paper vs. Digital

It’s been a month since I wrote my first post for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, on the need for educating oneself to be a good writer. Since then I’ve published one short story on my blog and a few lifestyle articles, but haven’t written as much as I would have liked to.

I’ve been wondering how I can contribute meaningfully to this blog hop, where participants share varied forms of writing advice. Unfortunately, I’m not as far along on my writing journey as others in the hop, which makes it difficult to write on new and relevant subjects every month. However, I’ll do the best I can for as long as possible.

Today I’ll highlight the benefits of writing a recurring fictional series on my blog, centred around the Sahni’s, a family based in New Delhi. So far, I’ve written three pieces with each focusing on a separate family member. The stories are set in current times, and address a turbulent event seen through the eyes of different characters.

A retired army officer, Brigadier Baljit Singh Sahni, is ideally placed to comment on the divisive and highly controversial citizenship bill that the Indian Government tried to enforce in January 2020. His homely yet independent-minded wife, Rosie Sahni, proves her mettle by providing shelter to her chauffeur’s family, when he faces religious persecution and violence during the Delhi riots of February 2020. Their free-spirited yet pampered daughter, Kimmy Sahni, shows the new normal we have had to accept after the coronavirus and ensuing lockdowns entered our lives.

I had never intended for the Sahni’s to become recurring characters, especially in a blog-exclusive series. However, they have been easy for me to sketch out and use as mouthpieces for spreading my personal beliefs, and have become permanent fixtures. Perhaps someday they will be the protagonists of my books.

If, like me, you’re just dabbling in creative writing at this point, a recurring fictional series on your blog is a good place to begin. Here’s why:

  1. It allows you to flesh out the characters through multiple story lines
  2. Your blog offers an existing readership that appreciates your work and helps you improve through constructive feedback
  3. When your work strikes a chord with a reader, they come back for more, and buy your books when you’re ready to write them
  4. There are no deadlines to run after, which cuts the anxiety and stress of traditional publication methods
  5. You can play around by writing multiple perspectives of the same story, and pick the one that works best if you choose to write a book later

Do you write recurring fictional series on your blogs? Do you think there’s merit in doing that? Or is it a waste of time? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

If you’re interested, do check out the three stories on my blog:

Seven Decades of Greatness

The Turmoil Within

The Sahnis in Lockdown

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25 Comments

  1. I’ve written a lot of flash fiction stories on my blog but I haven’t played around a lot with recurring charcters. Now that I’ve realised all the benefits, I’m thinking about creating a few such characters. I’ve got to check out your story series! I’m heading over to that page now.

      1. Thanks a lot, dear. Yes. I have written short stories. My latest project is Twisted Fairy Tales, in which I give a twist to classic fairy tales. I’ve done one on Hansel and Gretel. Pitch Black and the Seven Dwarves will be up shortly. 😉

  2. There is no such thing as a waste of time if you learn something from it. I love the idea of writing out these characters in a blog and playing around a bit to see how they fall on your readers! Great idea.

  3. If I were an American literary agent who liked to shop around for blogs to turn into books, yours would catch my interest. I think you’ve chosen subject matter that is extremely important and very timely and will continue to remain so for the next several years. I would hope that the publishing industry in India would also be interested, but I’m just speaking to what I know about the publishing industry closer to where I live (Canada), in case you find that information useful. Great example of how to do a fictional blog series. Thanks. I hope you continue the series to flesh out for yourself whether you think you’ll have enough material for a book of interconnected short stories at some point.

    1. Thank you Raimey! Your comment made my day. I’m definitely continuing the series on my blog, and simultaneously I will begin fleshing out the story for a book based on these characters lives. Let’s see where it goes!

  4. I really like the idea of keeping a running short fiction series on the blog. It’s a neat idea to get readers coming in and to have the incentive to keep writing regularly on the series. So far I haven’t posted my fiction on my blog, because I want to still be able to send it out for publication in magazines. But perhaps it’s something I should consider. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you for the list of reasons to publish a recurring series on the blog. I have never thought of doing such a project. I belong to a short story blog hop that posts quarterly–speculative fiction. That’s the only fiction I have posted that I can remember. Loved reading all the stories from the very creative and talented writers. This spring I put together a collection of some of those short stories into an eBook, Time Out While Staying In, and gave it away as a gift, hoping to lift spirits of those who were so sad during the COVID crisis. I have heard if you publish a story on your blog, a traditional publisher will not consider publishing it. Keep writing!

  6. I think all authors need to blog! Not only does it raise the profile of their books, but it gives them an opportunity to exercise their writing muscles, and write about any topic that grabs their imagination. I write nonfiction, and I maintain multiple blogs … my life would be a lot less fulfilling without the ability to write blog posts on any topic I wanted.

  7. Hey Noor..I have written short stories but honestly I am still on the fence regarding writing fiction on blog. I find blogs on food, lifestyle, fitness and beauty have far more takers than blogs on fiction.

    Your post encourages me to look at it again!

    Yes I have tried writing stories with recurring characters and I find it very fulfilling.

  8. I love this idea! I’ve posted several of my short stories on my blog, but I’ve never considered writing a blog series book. I would love more information about making this possible!

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