Storytelling is an innate part of human nature. It's an idle pastime, it's an art form, it's a communication tool, it's a form of therapy and bonding. We all love to tell stories—you're reading one now—and the most powerful technologies we have are generally the things that enable us to express our creative ideas. The open source project Twine is a tool for doing just that.
You can use Twine online or download it locally from its website. Unzip the download and click the
Twine application icon to start it.
The default starting interface is pretty intuitive. Read its introductory material, then click the big green
+Story button on the right to create a new story.
The basics are simple. A new storyboard contains one node, or "passage" in Twine's terminology, called
Untitled passage. Roll over this passage to see the node's options, then click the pencil icon to edit its contents.
Name the passage something to indicate its position in your story. In the previous version of Twine, the starting passage had to be named Start, but in Twine 2, any title will work. It's still a good idea to make it sensible, so stick with something like