Non-blog formats?

3 years ago | TreeFrogSoup (Member)

I recently decided to do away with linear formats by moving my ideas to a Wiki instead. It also allows me to link stories and tales that cross over yet are seperate otherwise easier.

Basically, has anyone else considered or started using a non-serial format or site?

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  1. Whyknotzoidberg (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    No, but that's a pretty cool idea. I'd love to see how it turns out when you're finished.

  2. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I haven't organized a non-serial/non-blog site, but I have played around a little bit with non-linear storytelling. Because time travel. Parts 7 through 10 of my story run chronologically, even as Carrie doubles back on herself and engages in dialogue that doesn't make sense until later. So I added a "Carrie Time Tracker" with links that allow the reader to follow her chronology instead (versus normal time). Part 1 of my story now also links to Part 27, which continues the story of Younger Carrie (for anyone wondering why I spent so many paragraphs on her in the beginning). It's the sort of thing that only really works on the web, which seems not unlike your idea of linking together crossover stories. Granted, I have no idea whether anyone liked it - about all I can say is I didn't get hate mail about it?

    My only concern with a site idea like yours might be the setup of the landing page. If navigation is non-linear and open to reader choice, I feel like you'd need some sort of entry point to the world, or the characters, to know where best to proceed... maybe even a "recommended start" or sequence for people like me who are perversely linear. I can barely contemplate writing part 8 until part 7 is done. Anyway, best of luck with it!

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  3. David Whitechapel (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Using nonlinear links to follow the chronology of a time traveller is a fantastic idea! I'll have to take a look at that. Also I have to agree with mathtans that the landing page is super important. Once you've made it clear how things will work, and made sure it really does work, the world is your oyster :)

  4. Kess (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Every now and then, I'm tempted to try to put together a choose-your-own-path story. Something wiki-like would work for that, though blog software probably would, too. It's all about the links. And the path. And the impending headaches.

    Maybe. One day. If I ever get done with the other projects on my plate.

    Also, the notion of using it for a non-linear time-travel story is really interesting. Love it!

  5. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Twine is good for choose your own path stories.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  6. Kess (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Twine looks great. Thanks, Shaeor! :)

  7. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I'm glad you like it :D

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  8. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I've toyed with ideas, yes, but I haven't pulled together the time or energy to give it much serious thought (yet). The wiki format is a cool idea. I'd love to see what you wind up with.

    Also: Like Kess, I'd like to tackle a choose-your-own-path interactive story someday. And like Kess, I want to say thank you to Shaeor for pointing toward Twine. Now if I can just resist the urge to play with it when I really need to be working on other things... ;D

    ~Lori

  9. Kess (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Twine: proving that writers are, in fact, kittens on the internet.

  10. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Using wikis for a choose your own adventure format and time-travel shenanigans is pretty clever!

    While I have used blogspot for my previous "works", I've been posting different stories in the same setting for a sort of "mosaic" style (not sure if that's the right time). Different people and situations in each story, but they all share the setting. I've also been going back and forth along the timeline, which has helped me figure out how the world develops. The original plan was a linear, ten-story collection, each story taking place in a different decade showing how the world's been changing in the background as the characters deal with issues in their everyday life.

    That plan fell through, but I kept writing snippets, scenes, and the occasional full story, and before I knew it, I had a modestly developed world where the events the timeline started shaping how some stories went. This was never an intended thing, but just sort of organically worked out that way.

    Now I find myself wanting to do the same on a multi-setting level, which, I'm not entirely sure if that's a good idea or not, but I figure as long as you regularly update an organized table of contents, it would work for new readers.

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