Flipping a page, hitting the right arrow or “next” button, finger-swiping. The next round of drinks mellow and potent. Stories have a flow, a momentum that carries us through from setup to conflict to resolution.
The movement of a story can be lost in some formats. For example, I personally find the ebook presentation on my phone has so little on a screen that page swipes are more of a distraction or reason to leave than any sort of momentum pulling me through the book.
Enter Tapestry, from Betaworks. This app advances stories with a finger tap. Authors can impact the pacing of delivery by building in more taps, and so more pauses. I found this engaging from the start. It rolls out like the author is in front of you, telling the story. You can also make pages easily sharable (watch for a little phone symbol on the pages) to encourage quote distribution. The stories that work best are simple and slim, not super text-y.
I played around and created my Tapestry based on the article I wrote earlier this year.
I want to play with this more and see what I can do with the pacing of personal stories and experimental stuff. The editing tools are simple and so a bit limiting – which is good for avoiding over-styled stories. Still, my mind goes to something with a bit of the zoom and twist of Prezi combined with a simple, tap-able story.
I also need to spend a bit more time making illustrations (photo or sketch or other). Hmmm…… the possibilities.