[I did have 3 hours of Parent Teacher Conferences tonight, but I wanted to make sure I got my November daily post in!]
I spent way too much time as a kid reading through the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Like these folks (link) I would map out the different paths to see what possibilities existed in the text. If you haven’t ever read one, the format is pretty simple (well, to the reader). You start at Page 1 and read a few paragraphs that are on the page, describing your situation. In “The Cave of Time” you’re out hiking in the woods and come across a cave that you decide to explore.
From there you keep reading one page at a time, with the bottom of the page asking you to make a choice (or sending you to another page without choice). As you can see from the narrative structure map (that I remember drawing out as a kid!) there are merging paths and leaps as you work your way to a conclusion.
What’s really interesting is you could add in the BreakOut idea… by collecting clues from within the story you could use the Password Protect for Sections (right-click a Section and choose Password Protect). It adds another layer to the reading.
If you want to help edit Cowboy Bob’s Adventure, click here. (Yes, it’s an open editing link — I like to live dangerously. But you can only edit it in the browser.).
If you just want to read Cowboy Bob’s Adventure, click here. (It’s not going to win the Booker Prize, that’s for sure).