My name is Jen and I am currently working on an Interactive Novel titled, “Sentient”. I just came up with the concept last year and we premiered the first Season October 2015. I have yet to find interactive fiction that is similar to what I am doing, so any feedback or information about what others are doing is appreciated. A little bit about me: I currently work part-time as a social worker and am also starting a business as a Holistic Health Coach. My goal is to make enough $$ to spend more time on my Interactive Novel project. I am also finishing up my first full-length novel and have written poetry and shorter fiction since I was a child.
My interactive novel operates like this: I write “episodes”, which are shorter, less edited versions of chapters of a novel, and post them on my website @ www.sentientexperience.com, once per week. I describe it like a literary tv show. We have seasons, and episodes once a week, and at the end of each episode, our fans vote between two options as to what they’d like to see happen next. We have about 10 fans starting out in this first Season. It is very interactive in that the fans are participating (for free) in the development of a full-length novel. All the choices the fans make on the story line will then be written into a full-length novel.
We have a Facebook fan page, Twitter, and a Patreon site for those that want to pay for extra perks. I have an artist that does illustrations, an editor, a web developer, and an event coordinator on my team. We host regular events throughout the year where our fans can come together to discuss the plot. The goal is to develop a community of fans who come together to help create this novel, and also to get them involved in activism, as the story challenges people to think about our food system and what is happening in our society.
Without being too wordy, in essence, it’s my way of bringing community and creativity together.
Glad to have found this forum and hope to meet similar writers.