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Written by ‘Dave McElfatrick’ of Explosm.

Storytelling, at first, seems like it’s really simple and it is if you’re just aiming to get a simple tale across to an audience. However, to be truthfully honest, it is so frustrating and complicated and sometimes you just want to rip all the hair out of your head. That’s why I love actually making a plan of ‘attack’ on a story beforehand; it helps, immensely.

Digital storytelling is no different – in fact, it may be even more complicated – and digital storytelling planning is helpful in every way imaginable. A list of critical moments in the story, separating the smaller parts from the actual main story, keeps the plot simple looking and straightforward with no massive headaches involved. However, that’s just for creating the story path. What really matters in DST planning is choosing a platform best suited for your story, learning from similar projects that already exist, putting research into what structures people like the most, and finding out exactly what makes people come back for more.

If it weren’t for these four things, most digital stories wouldn’t make it past the basic stages of planning. After getting out the basic plot points, a writer should focus on those four things before they get too engrossed in fleshing out the actual story. Researching structures that are popular or more suited to what you envision will help you write the story especially if you know the platform you want to deliver it on.