On Storyboarding

As I furiously type away at “Godreign: Grand Contingency”, it led me to wonder just how could I integrate my E-Lit project in class to the story. Killing two birds with one stone. One fell swoop. Stop two gaps with one bush. A twofer.

Thankfully, that was encouraged and I quickly looked to options in order to carry out my grand plan of a twofer. I was quickly remined of Inklewriter, the online tool I used with my 2014 E-Lit project. I didn’t want to look at it right away because I wanted to explore my options, but I gave it a look to see how it was doing anyway.

Dead. It was dead. Inkle Studios must have hated my guts, but apparently the project wasn’t as prosperous as it once was for them. I took it as a sign, things weren’t gonna be that straightforward.

I already had an idea for what I wanted to do long before that though; make a “compact” version of my story, something I could release for free in order to get people interested. Oh, and to elevate the interaction within the story, of course. I hate the guts of Minerva, the narrator, for instance, but the average reader might not ask the same things that I would. Actually, I would probably just give her a piece of my mind. Still, providing the option of choice would definitely add a much needed piece of the puzzle in how I wanted character dialogue to work.

One quick lookover of the provided tools sheet however, and I found my muse. A little program known as “Twine”, which I had to actively resist the urge to remind me wasn’t an antonym for “The World Is Not Enough”, an admittedly weak James Bond movie that I still enjoy regardless. But that aside, I found my tool of choice, and started experimenting. It’s admittedly a little rough around the edges, but nothing that I can’t figure out with some tinkering.

Back to my story, I think calling this e-lit work “Compact Contingency” is not only satisfyingly alliterative, but it also explains just what the work is; a brief, compact representation of what I hope my entire story to be. Thankfully most of the dialogue and text were already written in advance, so I can devote more time to actually figuring out just how the heck Twine worked. There were tutorials, but naturally they didn’t really answer any of the questions that I actually had.

I toyed with the idea of putting Compact Contingency at the perspective of Amit, one of the main characters in the story and a close friend of Zach, the protagonist, but that would require a lot of thought into the perspectives that I didn’t necessarily have the time to consider. Plus the story would ultimately be from Zach’s focus anyway, so it wasn’t important.

Either way, this is basically all the thoughts and ideas I had when making my project. I hope it looks as good in person as it does in my head, but then again that really depends on if Twine wants to be the next best thing to Inklewriter. Pretty please?

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