Saturday, January 7, 2012

Choose Your Own Adventure

The Internet is a very dynamic space which offers you a chance to create "choose your own adventure" Storybooks. All you have to do is include a link at some point in the story where the reader can click on the different options, and the link that they click will take them to the next story (or the next part of that story), which will be on a separate page of its own. To get a sense of how that works, take a look at these past "choose your own" Storybooks:

  • PlayerOne v. Maya mimics the style of a video game where you are the "player" who is attempting to see through the illusions of Maya in stories from the Indian Epics.
  • Tragedy Versus Comedy is a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in diary format, but with completely different plot lines for you to choose from. The new plots go in different directions than Shakespeare's play, so no matter what you choose, you are in for a surprise!

In a less elaborate format, you can invite your readers' direct involvement in your blog posts too. For example, you can ask them to vote on different endings for a story in their comments, or your could invite them to suggest a "moral" for the story.

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