I started a story (Cold Hearted), and published the first chapter just over a week ago. I expected to end up with a relatively short story, like everything else I've written...
However, this story has been much easier to write. Words flow better, and... I want to make it a full novel. The problem is that several things I've written about the world and characters only work in the short term.
As I see it, I basically have three options:
(Well, I could also write the full story before posting it next time, but posting as I write has really worked for me)
1) Just follow my original plan and continue writing... Full speed ahead, and damn the inconsistencies.
2) Rewrite what I've published to clean up the problems, and leave a note with a list of everything that changed when I publish the next new chapter.
3) Take the story to the end of the current major plot point, and leave the MC in a good place, with the implication that she is building up power so that she can attack her enemies.
But... Also go back and rewrite it, making the larger changes I'd like to make. Post the changes as a new story, making sure to mention that it's a rewrite of the previous story. Post a final chapter to the old story that is a summary of the changes I made, and a link to the new version of the story.
Then I can continue writing as a full novel.
I'm leaning heavily toward the third option.
What do y'all think?
Edit: Currently the story is only about 14k words long.