There’s a contents page for this post. I’ve spread it over five blog pages to make it more manageable for you to read. Make sure you read this page first. There are links to the other pages when you need them, but just in case you don’t want to search through the post for them, here they are. They will be at the bottom of every other page in this five post reading.
For the map method of planning, go here.
For the flow diagram method of planning, go here.
For the just write it! method, go here.
For a list of ideas for your gamebook, go here.
|Not that kind of plot.|
Here we start our journey in writing gamebooks. The overview of the blog posts in the series is here. By the end of part 2, we will be able to write 3 very short and simple (around 3-10 paragraphs) each one using a different method. By part 4, we will be able to write a gamebook that is a bit longer (25-50 paragraphs) that does not require a game system. By the end of part 8, we should be able to write a more complex gamebook with a game system and a few other add-ons.
I would love it if along the way, you give feedback with comments and or/email. Have I missed something out? Was there something I didn’t explain too well? Do you want to hear more about something? Tell me.
Also, I would like to see the fruits of your labours and I will comment on them if you send them and post them if you like so that others can see and comment on them. The learning process will become a lot more productive if there are a lot of us that can bounce ideas around. All rights will stay with the authors.
|This guy’s idea was that
he needed smaller lamps.
So where do we start with a gamebook? We start with an idea. I have a post with some links to get ideas from, but we are going to start off super simple. We will follow the old saying write what you know. Lets start with a typical day.
So, think about a day you have lived in the past week and write down the following things about it.
- Where did you go? What route did you take to get there? How was the journey?
- Who did you speak to? What did you say to them? How did they respond?
- Where did you get your lunch from? What did you eat? How was your meal?
What did you say to them? I said that I was feeling lazy and that I wanted a pizza for dinner as it was easy to cook.
Who did you speak to? I spoke to my wife.
Or you could just get lots of cool things
Right. Now that we’ve made the plans for a short gamebook but we don’t want to write gamebooks about everyday stuff. We need ideas, so I’ll give a list of places to find them as well as how to keep them. However, the list is getting quite long, so I’ve started a new blog page for ideas. You will find it here.
*So hang on. I need to make a decision and then turn to a new blog page based on that decision. Isn’t that a bit like a..? Yes, it’s a gamebook!