Auto-Authoring: Software Helps You Write "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books

New Software Lets You Write "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books

Via Fastco Design:

With the advent of eReaders and iPads, text can become more interactive— so isn't it time the writing process got the same treatment? Now, inkle is making their internal compositional software available to the public free as an HTML5 web app called inklewriter. That means, without any coding expertise or a preplanned plot, you can start typing an interactive novel with "choose your own adventure" options.

“We’re trying to get people into the mode of ‘just writing,' and not thinking about story graphs and stuff like that,” Creative Director Jon Ingold said. “This approach means you never have to worry about the shape of your story—you just write what needs to be written, and the thing moves forwards.”

You begin typing your story, and when you’ve reached a decision point, you click “add option” and enter the appropriate text. The program keeps track of "loose ends" within your branching narrative and marks them in red font. Considering my current method of writing (the tried and true "drunken scribble and pray"), this could add some structure and help smooth things out.

I haven't had a chance to screw around with the program yet, but it could be a cool way to facilitate more writing. If you want to give it a spin, here's the link. It's free, so why not?

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misterwoe from Kansas but living in Athens, Greece is reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg by Tim Cahill July 27, 2012 - 10:53am

This looks great, but I don't how I feel about plugging entire novels into an online program. I don't like it at all actually. Why can't they develop this app so it works offline. Or is that an option I missed?

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts July 27, 2012 - 4:23pm

This sounds great.

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Jane Wiseman from living outside of Albuquerque/in Minneapolis is reading Consider Phlebas, by Iain Banks July 29, 2012 - 7:42pm

Weeee! Paint-By-Numbers novels! My old granny did some paint-by-numbers pictures back in the day. Then she framed them and put them up in her kitchen, side by side. One was a red barn and the other was The Last Supper. She was real proud of them, too.

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alisia from Byron, NY is reading The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt July 29, 2012 - 7:50pm

Yeah, but how do you publish this? This becomes useless once you've coded it. How can one get it onto Amazon and into the Kindle Store?

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. July 29, 2012 - 8:24pm

Very cool, I'll have to check this out.