StoryTime 1.4, featuring the Writing Desk, is released and ready for your creative minds.
This is where you can create your own story-games. Everything you need to write scenes and connect them is online.
To get to the Writing Desk, you have to become a StoryTime author, which is easy. It just takes a few steps.
First, you have to sign in. Use the “Sign In” button in the upper right corner.
Choose a Google or Facebook account to use for authentication. We have to know who you are so that you get credit for your work. Also, we don’t want to let anyone else mess with your stories.
If this is your first time logging in, an account will be created automatically for you. We get some information about you from Google or Facebook. It’s safe enough, and you already agreed to share that information, like your nickname and email address.
Second, once you are signed in, click on “Account” in the header navigation. Here you can modify a few pieces of information about yourself. You can also click a button that shows you the terms and conditions of becoming an author. Click whatever you need to agree. Your account will show that you agreed to the terms, and the button to agree goes away.
At this point, you should be good to go except for one small glitch. After you click the “I Agree” button, refresh your browser window. That will force the Writing Desk link to appear.
The next time you Sign In, Writing Desk will be there without having to refresh. Also, at some point I will fix the glitch, so you may not have see the issue.
Here comes the fun part.
From the Writing Desk, you can enter your first story title and click the plus (+) button. That’s your first draft, ready for editing. Click on the pencil to the right of the draft name, and go to the draft editor.
From the draft editor, you can change the title and add a quick tag line and longer about. Be sure to click Save whenever you change something and want to keep the change. Also, see the scene titles and add more scenes.
The first scene was created for you, so you might want to edit that first. Click on the scene, make changes, click save, and so on.
On the scene editor, you will notice a button that says “Change Signpost.” Before you can add a signs to the signpost, you will need some scenes to go to from the one you are on. Use the breadcrumbs at the top of the editor to go back to the draft editor. It’s the link with the name of the story.
When you have an extra scene or two, find your way back to the first scene and change the signpost. Give it a couple of signs, each pointing to a different scene.
That’s enough to get you started. Jump in and give it a try.
By the way, if you play long enough with the Writing Desk, you will find things that don’t quite work and think of ways it could be better. Add a comment to this post and share your ideas.
Or if you would like to keep things private, you can use the Contact Us link at the bottom of StoryTime. That will use your email client to send whatever you type.
Tell me which improvements I should prioritize. Like being able to delete. How about being able to publish? A way to visualize how the scenes are connected. What else?