At inkle, we believe it takes great writers to tell great stories.
That’s why we’ve created inklewriter, to help writers tell interactive tales with the minimum of fuss. inklewriter keeps your branching story organised, so you can concentrate on what’s important – the writing.
inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.
Write as you play
The inklewriter lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those branches back together again. It keeps track of which paths you’ve finished, and which still need to be written.
There’s no set-up, no programming, no drawing diagrams – so there’s nothing between you and the empty page. Oh, and it’s free to use. And once written, you can share your stories with whomever you like.
Your stories, to share
Every writer needs a readership, and with inklewriter you can share your story with the world, because every story is given its own unique web-page that you can share however you want.
inklewriter in the press
We’ve been mentioned in several articles around the internet – here’s a selection:
The Future Voices Anthology
To support new writers and interactive story-telling, we ran a competition for inklewriter fiction. Judged by a panel of publishers and game designers, the winning 11 stories are available in the free Future Voices app, for iPad and iPhone. Read more about it here.
What's the difference between inklewriter and ink?
- inklewriter is an easy-to-use online tool to write basic interactive stories.
- ink by comparison (and its editor Inky) is a more powerful narrative scripting language that is primarily designed for professional game development, though it can also be used to write and share choice-based interactive fiction. It is also surprisingly easy to learn, though for ease of use it's hard to beat inklewriter!
We have made both available for free, and both are open source.
Convert inklewriter stories to ink
If you'd like to convert your inklewriter story into an ink, you can use our online tool.
Below we’ll feature a select few of our favourite stories that we’ve seen written using inklewriter, as well as collecting up all our example stories.
Stories we like
- The Other K2, by Tony Hughes
- The Sand and the Scarab, by Cian Gill
- The Ladder, by MarkHenryC
- Seasonal Fare, by Lee Williams
- Ritual, by Alf Seegert
- Knight’s Ferry, by Kara T
- Holography, by Emily Short
- Save Merlin The Pig!, by Leigh Alexander
- Momentum, by Hannah Hunt
- Heroes, by Amyus Bale
And don’t forget the free Future Voices app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
- Neighbourhood Predators – our very first story
- The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
- The Intercept, also available as an example ebook file
- The Whack! – an example of random text generation
- Make-up or Break-up? – an example of interactive conversation
Have we missed yours? Let us know!