S23E9 – Choose Your Adventure


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Choose Your Adventure books are a unique way to involve the reader in the storytelling process. Many of you may remember the old Goosebumps “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories, but it’s not a structure reserved for middle grade books anymore.

Writing a Choose Your Adventure, or interactive, structure is difficult. For you pantsers out there, it’s even more difficult. This structure takes plotting out not just one ending, but several. Branching from those endings and beginnings is a complicated weave of different choices, allowing the reader to take control of how the story progresses.

Don’t let that discourage you, though. This is a structure that allows your creativity to flow. Have you ever written a story and thought of the multiple ways it could end? Choose Your Adventure lets you explore all of those options, then present them to the reader to discover. It also connects you with the reader in ways that other narrative plots don’t allow.

For more on how to use this style, listen n

First aired August 30, 2021.

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