Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Writing Wednesday: Inkle Writer

You remember those books -

  • If you press the red button, turn to page 67 
  • If you press the green button, turn to page 98
  • If you just sit down and cry, mourning the bad choices of your life, turn the page
When I was a high school student, I wrote one of these as a class project.  It was super hard to do back in those ancient days.  It was still a lot of fun, though.

Well, now the fun got easier.  Inkle Studios has a web site that is free to use which sets up the process for writing an interactive story.  It is called Inkle Writer.

You can find this at  It is free and you don't even need to make an account to use it, although you cannot save it without an account.  I've had it for a few days now and not once have I received an email or even a blast of emails from them pestering me to do this or that, as often happens when you sign up for free sites.

When you want to write the follow up to a choice, just hit the little arrow and it pulls that section up to write.  It even keeps track of your loose ends (parts of the story you did not finish).  When it is time to share the story, move over to READ MODE.  

When you are ready to share it, they give you a web link.

Creative Writing teachers can find uses for this right away, but even regular English teachers can use this a free write practice or project possibilities.  Rewrite Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, or The Odyssey in an interactive form.  

This is also a good way for young writers interested in writing for video games to practice getting used to the interactive story they would need to be able to tell.

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