Transmedia Project Design Questions: Stories (Part 1)

While the storyworld is an essential part of a transmedia narrative, it is the individual stories that keep the audience involved. These questions can serve as a guide when creating the story:

  • Does this story serve as a “point of entry” to the storyworld? (Storyworld Level Design Tasks)
  • What is the genre of the story? Is it consistent with the storyworld’s genre? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • What is the point-of-view (POV) of the narrative? (Story Level Design Tasks)
    • First person narrator
    • Third person omniscient narrator
    • Third person limited narrator
  • Is the point-of-view appropriate for the media used?
  • Does the reader/viewer need additional information or can the story stand on its own? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • Does the story consider the type of content consumers? (Story Level Design Tasks)
    • Single story consumers
    • Single media consumers
    • Transmedia consumers
  • Is this story consistent with the mythos, topos, and ethos of the storyworld? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • Is there a macro-story already in place with the storyworld? If so, is the story consistent with the macro-story? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • What is the message this story intends to transmit? Is it consistent with the message of the storyworld? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • Is this story consistent with other stories that already exist in this storyworld? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • What is the story genre? Is the story genre consistent with other aspects of the storyworld? (Story Level Design Tasks)
  • Is the story consistent with the conventions of the genre? (Story Level Design Tasks)
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