In the past I've reviewed a couple of other tools for the same purpose.
Today I'd like to look at the structure of a Choose Your Own Adventure story and pass along a few tips about how to write one. By the way, I've added more information, detailed examples, etc.
What is a choose-your-own-adventure story? Choose your own adventure CYOA books started out, in the 80s and 90s, as "a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character's actions and the plot's outcome.
It took me only an hour or so and I enjoyed myself enormously. I had planned on reading her book, Omensat some point in the not too distant future, but I'm moving it up on my reading list.
I'm interested in the town, Cainsville, and its strange inhabitants. I want to meet them again and learn more about both the town and the story universe. CYOA stories, when configured as apps, have the advantage that it's possible to show simple animations and sounds.
When I'm reading about a rainy night with lightning and thunder it's nice to hear the pitter-patter of raindrops and the slow roiling growl of the thunder.
Armstrong's app did not have this background augmentation. How to write your own choose-your-adventure story. Just like putting together a regular story there's more than one way of going about it.
That said, what follows are several tips from avid readers and writers of CYOA stories. Plotting There are several programs that can help you keep your decision tree straight. If you're scratching your head wondering what I mean by "decision tree" here's an example taken from The Mystery of Chimney Rock by Edward Packard.
It allows me to draw mind maps of all sorts. I can pick custom colors and outlines as well as leave copious notes. Here's a YouTube video that provides a brief tutorial: Inklewriter no longer converts your manuscript into the Kindle format.
Let's say you decide to take the plunge and write a CYOA story. How should you start? Sketch out the story Write out a sketch of the story, a kind of zero draft, and then go back through it and break it into blocks.
These blocks are linked together to form narrative chains. The number of levels a narrative chain has depends on how many blocks it has.
From what I've seen, most branching stories have a minimum of around 10 levels and a maximum of around What I'm calling a block of text could be either a scene, a sequel, or some kind of transition for more on this see Scenes, Sequels, Sequences and Acts. In a full CYOA there can be as many as blocks of text.
If each block is the length of an average page and contains, say, words, then you'll have to write around 30, words. That may seem like a lot, but it really isn't! The minimum length for a book is 50, words, but, depending on the genre, can be quite a bit more.
Urban fantasy books, for example, are usually around 80, words long. Keep in mind that a reader wouldn't read all blocks! Because of their choices, a reader would normally see only one block of text from each level. This means that each reading experience, each adventure, would be only 10 or 20 blocks long which comes out to between 2, and 5, words—the length of three blog articles!
Though, that said, one of the fun things about CYOA stories is that readers can circle back creating a kind of time-warp. Story blocks Len Morse in Writing Tips how to Write a Choose your own Adventure Story suggests, for each block, trying to answer the following questions: Does your hero have any traveling companions?
What is their relationship? Friends, enemies, peripheral characters, pets? Is it needed to achieve the goal?
Food, clothing, money, weapons, climbing gear, a holy relic? Where is the hidden letter, who was in bed with whom, how to avoid a fight or pick a lock?
Reached a destination, killed the enemy, won over the love interest, found the special item, rescued the prisoner?Oct 31, · A.I.’s Attempt At Writing Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Horror Story Is Just Plain Bizarre By Erica Diaz • 4 weeks ago Botnik Studios is a group of artists and developers who use AI to create their work.
Just like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories your mom wouldn't let you buy at your elementary school's annual Scholastic book fair, Botnik's new work of . Choose Your Own Adventure is a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character's actions and the plot's outcome.
The series was based upon a concept created by Edward Packard and .
Choose Your Own Adventure stories seem to be making a modest comeback thanks to tablets and smart phones. Today I'd like to look at the structure of a Choose Your Own Adventure story and pass along a few tips about how to write one. Scholastic's Story Starters kids' writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.
The Narrative Blocks of a Choose Your Own Adventure Story Novels are composed of scenes and sequels. Let's talk about scenes. Just like a story, each scene has a beginning, a middle and an end.