The “Talk It Out” Technique

If there was a secret to finding your tone as a writer, that made your sentences smoother and easier to read—this is it. It’s as simple as speaking what you’ve written down, out loud. I’ve been making use of it for years during the editing process, for sentence length and comma placements. But recently I’ve taken it a step further: I’ve gotten into the habit of “talking it out” while I write. I haven’t...

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Make Them Feel: Clever

Wish fulfillment and interactive fiction go hand-in-hand. The correlation is so powerful that if your player does not feel like they are strong (or getting stronger), or if they don’t feel as (or more) attractive and intelligent than the other characters in your story, there will be a serious problem. Player desires shouldn’t just be acknowledged, they should be planned for in advance and part of your story structure. Because satisfying your player is...

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SoH 2 Achievement Guide

Another game, another achievement guide! Like in Book 1, it’s impossible to get them all during a single play-through, so there’s no need to stress over them too much. I made many of these achievements to motivate players to pick less popular choices, as well as rewarding them for paying attention. Warning: spoilers ahead! Here We Go Again At the start of the game, load in a character from Book 1. No Pets Allowed...

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Samurai of Hyuga Book 2 Released!

Samurai of Hyuga Book 2 has been released! Check out it’s page here! For the newly initiated, this is where I give my post-mortem for the game, though that word doesn’t sound appropriate. Make sure to follow me on twitter @MChoiceStudios for blog updates and release dates! If you’re here from Steam, I want to give you a special shoutout. If you’re like me, you’re a guy and a gamer, and a decade ago...

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Tools of the Trade

Samurai of Hyuga Book 2 Update: Book 2 has been released! Follow me on twitter for updates and release dates: Follow @MChoiceStudios No writer of interactive fiction should use the genre as a gimmick to excuse bad writing. Creating smooth and clear prose is not a matter of style, but the result of techniques and fundamentals. Luckily for the amateur writer like myself, there are decades of eternal teachers out there in print. Beware...

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Samurai of Hyuga Book 2 Demo

The demo version for the sequel is here! Samurai of Hyuga Book 2 is the blood-pumping sequel to the interactive tale you already know. Return to the land of silk and steel, where fantasy and reality clash and tough choices await you at every turn. Good thing you’re still the toughest ronin around. This demo contains the first four chapters of the story. They are part of the second book in an epic series,...

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Going with the Flow

Effortless attention. Complete immersion while pursuing a task. Working at your highest level without even knowing it. Sounds like a superpower, but it’s just psychology. Flow is a state of mind any musician, writer, athlete or programmer can enter. There are a hundred names for it: being in ‘the zone’, ‘wired in’, or just plain ‘absorbed’. You know you’ve been there when you look at the clock and hours have flown by. As I...

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