For a couple of years now, I’ve been writing straight up stories behind a computer screen. I mostly write fantasy and science fiction, although I also indulge in the occasional ghost story. I spend my time writing thinking about concepts, what could have happened if’s, magical and scary tales, and turn them into printable words. While I positively love doing this, there are so many other options besides writing a straight up short story or book.
A year and a half ago, I participated in the Iversity course The Future Of Storytelling. This was a bit of an eye opener for me, and the first time I was thoroughly exposed to what technological progress and blended media could do for a story. With blended media, I am referring to using a combination of video, games, digital narratives, audio books, social media and paper media to tell a single story. You can use multiple media besides each other and make the people enjoying your story switch between media, like for instance having the characters of your TV or book series blog, and have those blogs be part of the actual story ark. You can also integrate different media into one neat little package, and create a game-like immersive experience. Looking at all the options, I was enchanted. I positively loved it.
So I’ve been looking into developing something along these lines myself. I’m working on a project where I will be combining real life locations, through a walking tour, written and spoken narratives, new media and photography. It’s a lot of work, and requires a whole new way about thinking about the narrative, a different kind of buildup of the story. But it’s a lot of fun. And I am making it spooky story. Because I can.