Visual Novels are books you play, games you read. If you’ve never read one, nor considered creating one, this might just be the time. What are Visual Novels? A hybrid of textual novel and interactive computer experience, Visual Novels (VNs) evolved in Japan and are now gaining ground in English-speaking countries. They represent a new…

We talked to award-winning author, Marianne de Pierres about starting out, worldbuilding and her tips for aspiring and emerging writers. Want more? Marianne is speaking at Transmedia Storytelling in Brisbane on Thursday 20 August. For more information, visit bit.ly/transmedia-brisbane.

INTERACTIVE narrative – stories where the audience has some level of agency to influence, effect, control, manipulate, or progress the story – presents a very deep bucket of creative potential. But interactivity is also a broad spectrum. A 3D, open-world, video game might provide a great deal of agency, where as a tablet-based interactive graphic novel…

MY first professional writing gig was a stage play. Now, nearly 20 years later, my writing gigs include books, TV series, interactive games, museum exhibitions, and online multiplatform experiences. Certainly it would seem the world has changed quite a bit as the technology and diversity of how we deliver a story to an audience evolves….

What was the initial appeal of digital narratives for you? When starting to work with digital narratives in 1995, the allure was based around: 1) the ease and excitement of collaboration and 2) the novelty and newness of using the internet to create networked and interactive fiction. My first attempts to create digital narratives were…

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