Hello, Stephen here.

Like a lot of people, I’ve always wanted to write a novel.

Also like a lot of people, I’ve never quite got around to doing it.

Now, with my 50th birthday approaching at an alarming rate (and an acute awareness of that ever-ticking clock), I’ve conceived a Bold Literary Experiment…. something to give me the shove that I need in order to achieve that goal; to get that novel written.

Rather than sitting down, thinking “Where do I even start?”, and getting overwhelmed, I thought “what if I just wrote it in bite-sized chunks?” Say, one 2000 word chapter each week?

That would have to make the whole thing less daunting. That’d make it much easier.

Almost too easy…

Perhaps not quite the shove I need.

So what if, on top of that, I were to make myself accountable to the novel’s readership, as I wrote it? In real time? What if I promised to publish to the WORLD – a new chapter every week? If I had to keep that promise to the novel’s readers each and every week, that would be a powerful motivator. THAT is something that would keep driving me on.

Of course, blogging makes that possible.


I’ve decided that I’m going to write a serialised novel, releasing it in instalments, from May 17th 2019 to May 17th 2020. The novel will have 52 chapters, each of roughly 2000 words… So, at the end of 52 weeks, I will have written a 104,000 word novel.

Every Friday at 12 noon (Melbourne time), I will post a new chapter of it right here on this site.

I invite you to join me in this experiment.

I also plan to accompany the posting of each new chapter with a video diary entry, on a dedicated YouTube channel. To receive reminder emails, please consider signing up to the author@thestephenhall.com mailing list.

As I say, this is an experiment. I have absolutely no idea if it’s going to work.  I could run out of time, I could run out of ideas, I could run out of steam… it could all go horribly wrong.

Or it might just work a treat! After all, writing novels in serialised form worked out alright for Charles Dickens. And he didn’t even have WordPress.

How will it work out? Let’s you and I find out together!



March, 2019