Though it may not seem like it, things are pretty hectic right now. Between a lack of internet (freaking Bell), keeping up with everyone else’s blogs (freaking great writers), and delving into preexisting material on a handful of newfound blogs (freaking archives), I’ve not had much time to focus on my own writing. Which isn’t to say I haven’t been trying.
I was on my road trip when it happened and since then it’s sort of faded into the background, but the entirety of Chapter 1 of Utopia (consisting of Parts I through IX) is now up on the blog. I’ve got a lot to think about before I start dishing out Chapter 2, first and foremost of course being whether or not I will. This isn’t me nursing some sore spot over my perceived lack of interest (honest), I just need to consider certain… alternatives. Be that as it may, you’ll be the first (and the only) to know if I decide to start sharing again.
In the interest of helping me with said thought process, I’d like to take the opportunity to once again ask for feedback. Again, this isn’t to reassure my wounded ego of your own interest in the project (although that will be a nice little bonus)- it’s simply to help me figure out what is and isn’t working. Here’s what I’m most concerned about:
- Formatting: several of you have pointed out that most of the parts are a bit too long. If I continue posting sections would you suggest I break them down, even if that means rough breaks in flow?
- Plot: was anything overly confusing? Keep in mind this is still the very beginning of the story, but if there’s something you felt simply wasn’t expanded upon enough, please let me know.
- Setting: again, anything overly confusing or hard to picture? If that’s the case, any suggestions on what needs to be made clearer and how?
- Characters: was it difficult keeping track of names and people? I’m most concerned about overlapping characters like Andrew & Celia or Mike & Patrick. When you read their sections did you recognise that they were part of the same plotline? If not, is there anything I can do to fix that?
And of course if there was something you noticed that isn’t on that list I’m still very much eager to hear it.