May 11, 2006

Storyspace Stories

Diane Greco is working on an interesting new story. (Her prize-winning "Alberto, A Case History", is on my stack; I saw it the other day at Harvard Books). She writes that

After three years of exclusive use of MS Word and BBEdit, I'm composing in Storyspace again....It's so easy to write scenes in Storyspace. The little boxes beg for set pieces, and I can keep all my incidentals -- lists of details and ideas -- in another box, which I leave on the screen so I don't forget about it.

Read the whole thing: Diane makes a very interesting point about episode and scene in narrative. I want to hear more on her critique of Manovich, too:

Manovich says new media's all about constructing an interface to a database. So is old media, it's just the interface is familiar and invisible. "Story arc," "transition." There's more to this thought, but it's 2:30 AM and I need to go to bed.