With a blovel, the story is created in and for the blog. It may later become a blook, should the author or a publisher choose to combine the posts into a single publication, but it is primarily a work of fiction created using the technology of an internet blog.
Various writers contemplating blovels have laid out some criteria for blovels:
- Posts should be 250-500 words in length.
- Posts should end in cliffhangers or at least with suspenseful elements that keep the reader wanting to read the next days’ post.
- Post should be posted regularly, typically every 1–3 days.
- Readers should be allowed to comment on the posts.
- Authors should create the novel online through the daily posts and not simply cut and paste already written novels into blog posts.
- Blovels should be shorter works, typically 40,000-60,000 words in length.
- Blovels should follow the same pattern as novels with a beginning, climactic conflict, and dénouement or resolution.
- A blovel should run for no more than one year.