Yep, so I’m going to give it a go and try the whole TextNovel.com thing.
Here are my reasons:
1.) You can’t read much on a cell phone screen, so chapters and sections should (I think) be pretty short. My brain seems to work best during short bouts of lucidity, so woo-hoo! ;-)
2.) Short amounts of reading mean short amounts of writing and that’s all I can squeeze in with my hectic schedule.
3.) I’ve toyed with the idea that most novel concepts I’ve devised can be reworked for multiple audiences and different, distinct tones and levels of maturity. For example, the Tam Lin stories are really quite adult in nature but can be toned-down significantly if one just thinks about it. So it’s not like I’ll necessarily lose anything by participating in TextNovel.com (especially as they’ve tweaked out their contract to be much more author-friendly).
4.) I could actually rally some interest in my writing by making it available in a different venue. Publishers do like to know you at least have people’s interest—eh, that’s a double-edged sword, depending on whom you talk to.
5.) I could work on a set of actual deadlines—I think it might be cool to have a new section or chapter available at a regular time each day or week. I need deadlines, by the way. ;-)
6.) I want to try out some new and funky publishing venue. Cell phone novels may just be it—who knows?
7.) And they're running a contest--I'm a sucker for contests!
So—now that TextNovel.com's got a new and friendlier contract—anyone else gonna’ give it a try?