Do you know, I'd love to see interactive/branching fiction from A
Not talking about IF games (with text input and word libraries), just branching bottleneck
stories with proper narrative structure in each branch. It's such a difficult thing that not many authors learn how to do it. It's one thing to write 300-pages of non-ergodic story: its main plot points, sub-plots, drama and character arcs. It's wholly another one to do that three times for a single story and still keep cohesive, satisfactory narrative through each and all combined. And then learn to write in short enough bursts (because reading interactive text has different headspace and immersion circumstances, you can't pace it with punctuation, line break, sentence variation etc. in the same manner since, for example, kinetic involvement like moving the mouse to choose takes you away from it) branching dialogue choices that have actual stakes for the reader and keep it all together.
But boy, I'd love to see at least some. It's such a strong tool for narrative immersion and impact. And A
rg's writers excel in stories about human relationships and complex themes. From Emily Short
:Emily Short wrote:
"I want more games to be about human interaction, about the nuances of how people deal with one another, about the kinds of topics that appear in dramatic movies. That’s partly because I’d like to play more games about conversation and social interaction. "
What I'm trying to say: please try Twine
for writing fiction about human relationships (and erotica). Currently the selection is like walking into a library which only has a crime novel section. :( They're interesting yes, but I want my large fantasy and science-fiction section where there's something for everyone. I can drown you in resources about interactive narrative and immersion types if you want them. My writing skills are not good enough for stories with me as the sole content creator, let alone stories with reader agency (although I do try for my own entertainment - currently with these three
Imagine a story where you can make a loop; where, when you get to the end, the beginning's first scene will have changed if you happen to look at it again (and you will, because there was some strange mention about something in the end). And that loop will bring on the real story of those three narratives you went through. Hell, you could even hint at content outside the story if the reader has sharp enough eyes (welcome to ARG writing
and marketing, although it's a bit dated technique by now).
....And then I really, really wanna see a narrative artificial intelligence that creates fulfilling, interactive stories in real-time; In co-operation with natural language processing
AI. Maybe they can do it with quantum computers at some point. I hope it will happen during my lifetime.