Melissa Ford's Writing Interactive Fiction for Twine

Twine is software used to construct interactive and non-linear stories. Remember falling in love with "Choose Your Own Adventure" books and text-based adventure video games?  That thrilling way a choice would open an entire new corridor of narrative — or would shockingly dead-end or send you back to the beginning to sculpt a new outcome? Twine is an easy-to-you open source software that allows authors to craft this type of story or game and then instantly publish via HTML without writing any code. ...more
Let me know if you have any questions as you guys get started!  I love making stories with my kids. more

Melissa Ford's Writing Interactive Fiction for Twine

Twine is software used to construct interactive and non-linear stories. Remember falling in love with "Choose Your Own Adventure" books and text-based adventure video games?  That thrilling way a choice would open an entire new corridor of narrative — or would shockingly dead-end or send you back to the beginning to sculpt a new outcome? Twine is an easy-to-you open source software that allows authors to craft this type of story or game and then instantly publish via HTML without writing any code. ...more
Lavender Luz Thank you :-)  My 9-year-old self has been dancing around all week. more

BlogHer Writing Lab April 2016 Prompts

The theme for April's NaBloPoMo is STORY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in April -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more
aafable It will be up by the 1st of the month.  Sign up for the Writing Lab newsletter, and ... more

3 Tips From Nonfiction To Make You a Better Writer

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction because I've been writing a lot of nonfiction. I have a two nonfiction books coming out in quick succession, so I've been in a nonfiction frame of mind. ...more
abcolton I need to hang out with more adventurous tasters.  I like vanilla but that seemed like ... more

3 Tips From Nonfiction To Make You a Better Writer

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction because I've been writing a lot of nonfiction. I have a two nonfiction books coming out in quick succession, so I've been in a nonfiction frame of mind. ...more
calangel58 I think using header tags helps a reader also not feel overwhelmed as they scan to ... more

3 Tips From Nonfiction To Make You a Better Writer

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction because I've been writing a lot of nonfiction. I have a two nonfiction books coming out in quick succession, so I've been in a nonfiction frame of mind. ...more
stephanie2morrow Thank you!  I think I read a mix: people who write like I do (I tend to like to ... more

How Will Instagram’s New Algorithm Affect You?

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have changed the way their social feeds operate. It was only a matter of time before Instagram jumped on the gravy train. With over 400 million strong, Instagram's community is growing by the day. ...more
Knit Run Reap Eat Um... that's a blog post right there.  That is really (1) scary, (2) ... more

Is There a Connection Between Caffeine and Depression?

Couple of years ago when I was trying to find a way out of my depression, I came across a lot of websites like these -- mindbodygreen.com or k-state.edu.com -- that recommended not drinking caffeine or at least decreasing the amount to drink. ...more
I don't think the author is asking whether caffeine causes depression.  She is asking whether ... more

How to Know When to Query Literary Agents & Editors

Maybe you've written a few chapters and they're fantastic. Or you have this great idea for a nonfiction book, and you want a deal in hand as soon as possible because you've got a conference talk lined up in a few months. Slow down, take a deep breath, and let's talk about this. How do you know when you're ready to query? ...more
KellyBerdine It's going to be different for each book and different depending upon what else ... more

How to Know When to Query Literary Agents & Editors

Maybe you've written a few chapters and they're fantastic. Or you have this great idea for a nonfiction book, and you want a deal in hand as soon as possible because you've got a conference talk lined up in a few months. Slow down, take a deep breath, and let's talk about this. How do you know when you're ready to query? ...more
Cookingfromyourheart Melissa Ford Always happy to answer questions.  Keep them coming as they ... more
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