Listening to the Creative Writing Community

As we approach the release of our MMG Sidekick app reader platform for iPad, we took time to ask our current and potential authors the benefits of creative writing using the TREEbook™ format and the response was overwhelming. Although most features for 1.0 release are locked in, we made a few changes to how time-sensitive rules are created in order to better support this new age of writers. Before I continue, if you are new to the TREEbook™ platform, I suggest you poke around and then read my previous post, How Authors Can Use TREEbook™ Time-Sensitive Rules to Enhance Narrative.

You may find your creative story, which once was not possible to publish using traditional means, has unbound possibility using TREEbook™. One such example we learned from an intrigued writer is the ability for a story line to branch to one of several possible alternate story lines depending on the result of evaluating a time-sensitive rule. This change was implemented and will be available in 1.0 version of the very first TREEbook™-compatible reading platform, MMG Sidekick app for iPad due for release this year.

Returning to my previous post, How Authors Can Use TREEbook™ Time-Sensitive Rules to Enhance Narrative, one narrative example we apply to a “Real Time” time-sensitive rule is the ticking time bomb. Recall the narrative:

She exhaled into the receiver, then said calmly, “If you don’t deliver the million dollars in an hour, I will detonate this bomb.”

If the reader quickly returns to the book and completes the remaining section within the Real Time rule parameters (in this example, one hour), then the bomb in the story will not explode. If the reader doesn’t return to reading and finish the passage within that time, the bomb in the story will detonate. Different outcome, new plot twist.

The above scenario, verbatim from my previous post, holds true in that one of two outcomes must occur while reading this passage. That is, the bomb is either detonated or defused. But what if an author would like to have more than two possible outcomes? With multibranching this is now possible. Take for example the following diagram illustrating three possible outcomes.

Multibranching diagram

You notice how the story diverges at a critical point in the novel with three possible branches controlled by ranges of values. It is true the bomb will either explode or not; but in the case of exploding, if the reader took over two hours to complete the passage governed by the rule, the explosion might have caused more damage – perhaps the heroine in the novel dies, whereas in the other case (passage read in over an hour but less than two), the bomb is still destructive yet the heroine lives to tell her story.

As we move into 2013, we will continue to refine the TREEbook™ platform by listening to the creative writing community and producing an amazing platform for all writers interested in expanding the art of storytelling.

For all media and technical TREEbook™ inquiries, please contact us, and if you have a TREEbook™ manuscript you wish to submit for review, follow the instructions for submissions here.

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