Writing a CYOAN

Writing my novel was more difficult than I expected. Reading a CYOAN, I didn’t realize the amount of thought required to come up with all of the possible endings and have them all make sense. 

My first few drafts were all a disaster since I couldn’t make the story flow logically. Every time I tried to fix one path of the story, another path would get screwed up. After about 10 to 15 drafts and a serious downsizing of my story, it finally had some logical flow and made some kind of sense. After writing my story in a word document, I attempted to transfer it to Twine. This turned out to be harder than writing the story itself. I could not for the life of me figure out how to make the boxes connect and have them play in the correct order. Eventually, I gave up and asked one of my group members if he could transfer it for me.

I’m sharing this experience with you because I believe that there are many out there who underestimate the time and energy it takes to actually write a good CYOAN (I was one of these people before this project). Of course, there are those who are better at it than others, but everyone struggles to a degree. From this experience, I learned to appreciate CYOANs more since I have experienced the pain associated with writing one. However, accompanying the pain is also a lot of pleasure. So, in conclusion, I am glad that I wrote this story.

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