365 Challenge: Day 362 – Installment

Installment: new series on my blog with a story where several parts could be published or made public in sequence at intervals


In our countdown, we have four 365 Daily Challenge posts left… and today’s word is installment. As you’ve probably guessed, I love a good challenge and often over commit myself to tasks on my to-do list. It should go with no surprise that I will want something to push my envelope (eh, buttons?) and force me to write a specific post at regular intervals just like I’ve done in this challenge. And so… I’m strongly considering releasing a regular web serial where I can highlight my creative writing to share with existing readers and help find new ones. A few things come to mind:

  • Should it be weekly, every other week, or monthly? My primary concern is that if I’m writing part of a story each week, I really can’t go back to change anything from prior installments… I’d need to have several months planned in advance (which I don’t have fully written at the moment), so this is a work-in-progress theory right now.
  • It will be a mystery novel… cozy but not too cozy… somewhere in the middle to appeal to a wide audience. I have 30% of two separate books drafted and plan to re-read what I’ve written next week before deciding which to focus on. The first is set on a college campus, the second is about a large family of cousins who get into lots of fun trouble. Both deal with murder mysteries, but they’re also about relationships and the more relaxed and fun side of life.
  • Is there really interest for this? I wouldn’t want to publish it in installments if readers aren’t fans of waiting each week to see what happens. I also would need to figure out how to protect my copyright and/or not have something stolen. Thoughts?

Part of the reason for this is to keep my “on the fly” writing skills current, as well as feel that giant push to write even if I feel like being lazy. I can see building a setting, cast and story online via my blog for the first book, then launching into a full series with printed and e-books to evolve the entire story. I have lots of thinking to do in the next two weeks… anyone interested in being part of the process, either writing, beta reading, promoting? Just thinking outside the box!


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


  1. I feel like a month is too long between installments. I don’t know if I can remember that long. I’d be glad to promote your story on my blog. Some of the bloggers I’ve followed through my A to Z Challenge have written stories going through the alphabet and they have been pretty fun to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I like the idea of a serial pics, but I think it has to be quicker rather than farther apart- just based on common reading habits. You need a consistent audience vested in the subject, but if it’s spread too far out people will forget what has happened before.I agree with the problem of not being able to rewrite if it doesn’t make sense, especially with a mystery, because they have to be clearly outlined. The copyright issue is the same one we always face when writing day to day.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Yes yes yes. Sounds good. I think two weeks might be a good option. Enough time for you to be happy with what you’re producing and not too far apart that readers forget. Not sure about copyright issues… although I’m sure you have readers here who can give you some advice.
    Will definitely be interested in “being part of the process”.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Monthly installments are definitely too long in between. (I do weekly installments for “Odd Woman Out”. It keeps me committed/focused–can’t make [viable] excuses.) Biweekly would work, but there’s something about HAVING to get something done in a short(er) span of time. Yes, there’s less time for thinking/creating and editing, but you do like challenges, my friend, so you may want to aim for weekly. 🙂 Whatever you decide, you’ll do/be fine, I have no doubt.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I agree with everyone that a month is too long to wait because for me personally if it’s not dress in my mind I will completely forget everything. Also you know I am always up to help you in whatever way I possibly can. I’m looking forward to what’s to come.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hi James,

    I. myself hate short stories! I like novellas that have the same interesting and suspenseful feeling as a longer book, with a good ending. But I never read short excerpts of books, not even when I finish one and the chapter from the next one finishes the book. Never read it! I liked ‘The Green Mile’, because each excerpt felt like a complete story but a longer one was in the making.

    So, just my thoughts on putting parts of a story online. Have a wonderful Wednesday,

    Kathi Defranc



    • Hi. I appreciate your input. I worry about that, too. I don’t read the first chapter of a next book either if it’s in the one I’m reading. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to perhaps entice new followers or fans… if they like the installment, they might look to previously published books.

      I’m not a short story guy either. I read them from time to time, but it isn’t my go to genre or style.

      Thanks for stopping by!



  7. Definitely interested in this! Sounds like a fun idea to do! I get what people mean about a month being a bit of a long time. I’ve seen people use things like licensing and copyright on their blog, but I don’t know much about it I’m afraid!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I love the idea! I do agree with those who’ve said a month is too long; I’d think biweekly would be a good place to start. The copyright and licensing is not something I have any idea about, sorry! Once May is here, I’d be happy to help you if I can..beta reading, etc! Sounds like fun!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I would love to read these! But I worry about you and your stress level with keeping up if the schedule is too tight! I hope that you do post installments but please allow yourself to change the schedule if it becomes a burden, or if you find that it is not helping your overall writing goals. We all want you to be sane and happy at the end of the day my friend💕


  10. Jay, I believe weekly or biweekly installments will do nicely. I’ll be interested to learn which story you chose. Both sound good. 🙂 Happy Birthday!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. It seems most people are in agreement with every other week as am I. You are so ambitious, make sure you do not overdo it. Having to make a change to the schedule once in a while is okay, it happens in life.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s