Auto-Authoring: Software Helps 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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