After months of hardcore academic library research and reading books… I went on Reddit.

Here’s where I started; a photo of a few of my proper research materials.

I’ve spent the last three books haunting library databases, slogging through carefully-written research papers, and reading formally published books on interactive fiction. I’ve made reading lists, research plans, all those proper steps that feel fitting for someone like me, working on a thesis for my master’s degree.

I felt like…

It can be hard to find IF fans, but some experiences show the incredible potential of this storytelling form.

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I’ve pushed through broadly researching everything and anything that can be called interactive fiction for the last few months. I’ve tried out a lot of text adventures, a lot of visual novels, narrative games, and anything else that can be lumped into the uncertain definition of interactive fiction.

I started…

The hardest part might be the battle between the author’s intentions and the reader’s interactions.

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The first time I ever wrote interactive fiction (or IF for short), I wrote a short story set in the later Han era of Chinese history. It was written from the perspective of a young boy being rescued by a heroic warlord of the time period during a siege.


In the rat race of trying to “make it” as a writer, I forgot the most important thing about the craft.

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“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
Jane Yolen

I’ve had a complicated relationship with writing for a while now…

And how dramatic writing workshops and different forms of writing are surprisingly helpful

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I’ve been a creative writer since I was a kid with an old keyboard, but as an adult, I’ve tried to seize every opportunity to formalize my creative writing education. Over the summer, I took two dramatic writing workshop courses at New York University. …

Though I moved into desk jobs, I’ll always have so much respect for people who do physically demanding work.

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I have always been a hard worker. My parents instilled in me the value of working hard and doing your best to earn a better station in life.

During all four years of high school and my first year of college, I worked for a small-town boat detailing business. I…

Leigh Fisher

Writer and poet from Neptune. Instructional designer in NYC. Grad student at @NYUTandon studying Integrated Digital Media.

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