What is an Audience-Directed Story?

What is an Audience-Directed Story?
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An audience-directed story, as far as I know, is something I made up. It was inspired by those Choose Your Own Adventure stories I used to read as a kid, where you make a choice at the end of the page, which can then change the outcome of the story. You can still find Choose Your Own Adventure and other similar reader-directed stories in bookstores and online today.

I truly enjoy that style of book, but I also really like participation. I love to know what people think and I love being surprised by stories. So I developed my own thing—the audience-directed story.

Installments for my audience-directed stories are posted on my website four times a year, in October, January, April, and July. A month prior to posting the installment online, I send a copy of the installment to those who have signed up as advance readers, who then have the opportunity to vote on the outcome. Once the votes have been tallied, I post the installment online. Once the installment and the results of the voting are posted on my site, I start writing the next installment.