Here is an index to the Story Springboards posts.
It starts with a guest post about Art Heists, and moves on into how to create the quality called "interesting" -- which is the vital core of the "episodic novel" or TV Series.
We will have much more to discuss about episodic structures.
There is a very fine line between frustration and intrigue. Episodic structures are prone to becoming boring (note how TV Series rarely last more than a few seasons because they get repetitive). "Interesting" is a learn-able technique -- but learning it can be boring!
Wars make a good framework for episodic structures. Episodes can be a few pages long, or the length of War And Peace. But a string of episodes does not make a novel, but a novel can house a number of episodes that illuminate the theme of the novel.
It is well worth the time and effort to learn to construct an interesting episode and to distinguish that from a genuine Short Story. The difference is structural, but not minor.
With the right Springboard, the Short Story, the Episode and the Novel can blend into an "interesting" tapestry. Each, however, requires a separate skill-set.
Here is the list of entries in Story Springboards:
(The TV Shows Fringe and Royal Pains)
(The Art of Episodic Plotting)
(The Art of Interesting Episodes)
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2013/12/story-springboards-part-5-explaining.html (Explaining the popularity of zombies).
(Earning a Sobriquet).
(The Knack of Hooking Readers)
And I expect to add to this line of development.