MultiTouch Fiction

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iBooks Author and The Simple Experiment Every Writer Should Perform

In storytelling, a writer continually experiments with language, point-of-view, narrative voice and other modes of expression to bring together the story’s character, action and plot in a way that best conveys the writer’s intent. The outcome of these ‘experiments’ come to define an author’s career. Any writer who performs the following  experiment will see why the MultiTouch Fiction format is such a compelling new mode of expression for the storyteller.

Step 1: In iBooks Author, select the “Basic” template; click on the ‘Inspector” icon and fill in the Author and Title fields, then select File > Save. Copy-and-paste the text of the first chapter of your book into iBooks Author. Start reading: you are looking for places in the text where four separate story elements – action, dialogue, plot, and setting – suggest an illustration. One by one, imagine the subject and style of each illustration. Perform a search query using a few words you associate with the illustration. Select the “Images” category and look for a picture or illustration similar to what you imagined. Copy-and-paste the illustration into the text; resize it and move it about. Consider the illustration as a ‘placeholder’ for the ideal content you will create. Repeat this process for each of the four elements in your first chapter: action, dialogue, plot, setting. When you are done, click the “Preview” icon on the toolbar; this saves the book on your iPad and opens it with the “iBooks” app previously installed.

Step 2: Sit back, read and relax (a glass of wine falls within the parameters of this experiment). Consider the implications – and the possibilities – suggested by your modest effort. Review the different multimedia content types that iBooks Author has built into the program and ask yourself how, for example, music or an animation might be used in the storytelling. Visit where you will learn about other Widgets. Bookry’s growing library of free Widgets is just a peek at even more possibilities.

Step 3: Sit back, relax again and let your imagination run with all of it.

This straightforward, three-step experiment reveals how the MultiTouch format can be used in the art of storytelling and how iBooks Author facilitates this new mode of expression. The methods and aesthetic sensibilities whereby the various multimedia elements are created are, of course, much larger subjects for discussion and will be addressed in future commentary at But for now, you’re off to a great start. Build out your first chapter, experimenting with other multimedia content. Soon you will be thinking not just how you will use the MultiTouch format in a future project but that you will use it.

Or maybe that short story you wrote is perfect for the MultiTouch ‘treatment’  and the perfect MultiTouch ‘freebie’ for your loyal readers.

Next: In MultiTouch Fiction There’s No Such Thing as a Publisher

An Invitation to Writers and Artists Everywhere

The most fundamental human desire of all is to understand our relationship to the universe. The more we investigate this mystery, the further the mystery deepens: we can never know why the mystery is there in the first place. The only certainty is that the desire to understand becomes stronger than ever. Art is the purest expression of that desire; and that desire is the sole reason Art exists. We find no example of a culture without Art. Throughout the centuries, Art has gone through one transformation after another, across all peoples and all cultures, expressed in divergent ways too numerous to count. Art is humanity’s whisper to the universe requesting clarification. It is an ancient request. This is why we take Art so seriously. This is why we create new Art.

Art has always been about the How, not the What. When great writers and artists bring their aesthetic sensibilities to MultiTouch Fiction, great works of Art will emerge. To believe otherwise is to deny history. To believe otherwise is to deny your own possibilities.

Next: How Did MultiTouch Fiction Become a New Genre of Literature?

What is MultiTouch Fiction?

Stated simply, MultiTouch Fiction integrates multimedia content within the storyline and structure of a novel, novella or short story for the purpose of giving the reader a more expansive experience of the fictional world the author has imagined.

One popular, long-standing genre of storytelling that requires the integration of different media types serves as example. A children’s picture book combines short-form text and illustrations to create a synergy in which each element contributes it’s own ‘language’ and each element supports the other in the storytelling. In an ideal picture book, the sum is literally greater than the parts.

In MultiTouch Fiction, a deep synergy is created by integrating into the text various multimedia elements including illustrations, interactive galleries, animations, live-action video, audio and music and customized ‘mini-apps’ called Widgets. These elements of MultiTouch Fiction are innovations in storytelling, providing a palette of tools that allow the author to express a story in entirely new ways. Interactive Widgets, for instance, can contribute to a story in ways limited only by the author’s imagination. Widgets can include games and puzzles with challenges relating to the storyline but can also go much further. A MultiTouch Mystery, for example, might include a social networking widget customized to give readers around the world the ability to collaborate in groups. This immediacy can take the reader to new levels of engagement and allow an author to create a multi-structure plot line based on reader involvement. This is just one possibility; and in MultiTouch Fiction, the possibilities are endless.

Next: An Invitation to Writers and Artists Everywhere

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