(Apologies if I’ve posted this in the wrong area. I wasn’t sure whether to post here, in the off-topic section or the interactive fiction section, but I saw someone else create an introduction here, so . . . )
I just thought I’d post and introduce myself after discovering this website a few weeks back. I’m really glad I’ve found the site and it’s good to see people keeping the interactive fiction genre alive, especially without dice rolling being needed (though those books are indeed more gamebooks than anything else in my view). The ones I’ve bought so far are Star Captain and Sabres of Infinity. I’m waiting to see what Slammed is like tomorrow.
So, what about me? Well, my name’s David. I’m 27 and from Manchester in the UK. I enjoy watching films, playing games. Not really sporty. I’m also a fiction writer with one short story currently published on Amazon and I also do editing work. The editing work I do is related to the technical aspects of writing though, as I prefer not to touch content.
Aside from introducing myself, that bit about being an author brings me to the reason I’m posting. The main reason I’m posting is because I’m actually working on an interactive short story - novelette myself at the minute to pop on Amazon. I’m not using the choice script, as I’m not a programmer, but I am using Microsoft Word’s hyperlinks to offer people choices throughout the narrative, so it’ll be an ebook. And when I say a short story - novelette, that means you will get anywhere from 3,500 - 17,500 words ‘per readthrough’ (I estimate it being a long’ish short story at the very least and the short stories aren’t really short stories when they breach the 7,500 word count). It’s a low word count compared to Choice games, but it’s my first attempt and I always do my best to deliver quality content. It’ll be priced accordingly too, though I can’t go below 77p/99c unfortunately. Oh, and I don’t expect it to be full of dead ends or have plenty of deaths. (I’ll probably offer a non-interactive version too, where it’s just one path)
Anyway, what I’m looking to do with the story is attempt to tell an adult horror story, with plenty of branching, and make sure it’s coherent without all of the madcap adventures people can normally go on with the usual choose your adventure books. There won’t be any humor at all. It’s my goal to try and make the choices meaningful as well, though with it being a short story/novelette, I don’t imagine the story differences will be major with me wanting to tell a coherent story. It’ll definitely affect character relations anyway and I’ll be saving the major branching for full blown novels, as I’m basically viewing this as a test run.
I can’t give many story details right now either, as I’m not a planner. Especially as I only have around 1,600 words written, but as of right now, I have a guy suffering from headaches because he can read people’s thoughts and can’t stop himself from doing so. He’s also homeless and the headaches only get worse when he’s around more than one person. While he’s sat underneath a bus shelter one night, he runs into a woman who believes she’s being followed and that’s pretty much it right now, as I’m still trying to work out the story details beyond the main character grudgingly or not so grudgingly trying to help her. (Btw, one of the first choices you’ll get to make is determining whether he’s a drunk or trying to clean up his drinking act, so you will be able to dictate the guy’s personality a little at the very least and there will of course be multiple endings.)
As far as my writing is concerned, you can find my published short story here:
The sample you can read online/download will be brief, due to the story’s length. I’ll probably offer it for free before the interactive story is published to give you a folks a taster.
And well, that’s that. I’ll do my best to keep people updated on the project if people are interested.