I think this is just a vent.
These days, most of my focus is on CCH but I’ve tried to start a “regular” novel as a side project. And man, it’s hard!
I’ve become so accustomed to writing different possible options and paths for the MC to take, that I now struggle to just decide on a path, i.e. “the best path,” i.e. the path I think is the most interesting, i.e. “the plot.” Of course, with IF, we’re taught not to write a “best path,” so you see the issue. I have to deprogram myself.
And I’ve also become accustomed to “offering something for everyone” and now as I’m developing a main character, I realize that no “regular” main character offers such breadth of appeal. Some folks will inevitably find the MC too violent or too wimpy or too meek or too rude. You get the idea.
I do find it much easier to just focus on the prose though, when I don’t have to worry about coding or choices or different branches, so I suppose it’s a tradeoff. I realize my prose in CCH (and my episodes of Starship Adventures) are very “workmanlike.” It gets the job done but in a very plain sort of way.
Anyone else working on a novel or encounter these issues?