Prose Basics

Text

  • Your text will come out a couple paragraphs at a time with each tap
  • Readers will be able to scroll up at anytime to re-read if they missed something.

Dividers

  • Chapters are typically short and provide a natural breakpoint for your stories
  • However, you may want to create a small flourish divider in your story.
  • Simply add three hyphens --- with a line break before and after:
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
    of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    `---`
    However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

Visuals

Images

  • You can use images in your story to represent pictures that one character is sending to another
  • The player should not need to see an image to understand the story. Players should WANT to see them, but not NEED to.
  • Do not use copyrighted images, make sure you've chosen images that are royalty free.
  • There are 2 types of images: Objects and Vignettes.

Objects

  • Objects are typically physical items presented without context.
  • They're helpful when an item is impactful (such as an artifact or keycard) or isn't effectively described (such as a comedy twisty straw).
  • Objects enter chat history without a background.
  • Use the syntax [&. OBJECT_NAME] (notice the . after the &)
NARRATOR
Drusilla turns from you for a moment. When she turns back, she holds a tightly rolled scroll in her hand.

NARRATOR
[&. PLAN_SCROLL_SEALED]

Vignettes

  • Vignettes are typically full painted scenes comprised of characters, items, and locations.
  • They're helpful when you have a big or explosive moment to show, or want to leave the player on a powerful image at a cliffhanger.
  • Use the syntax [&. VIGNETTE_NAME]

    Note: The syntax for Vignettes and Objects is identical except for the period after the ampersand. Objects have a period, Vignettes don't.

DRUSILLA
(Surprised)
It's them! The Cult of Minerva!

NARRATOR
[& BATH_FIGURES]

Sets

  • We will be providing the ability to change the wallpaper of your story.
  • You'll be able to select one of 20 options below, simply copy the full path into the tool when you Add Assets
  • [IMAGES TO COME HERE]

Comments

If you ever need to leave notes to yourself and do not want the reader to see it, simply add a semi-colon ; at the beginning to create a comment. You'll find this a useful way to communicate with your editor or with FableLabs:

; I might want to insert an image here instead of describing it with words.

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