Byline

A multiplayer creative writing app. Add to a story knowing only the previous line.

A multiplayer creative writing app where stories are built line by line. One author adds to a story knowing only what the previous author wrote.

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Previous line by @samheller
 
Writing down her thoughts about what happened last year wasn’t as easy as she had hoped. She couldn’t hold back the tears when she wrote about Luka — the way he smiled and laughed at silly things.
Previous line by @yolandaw
 
Do I even exist? We’re all just spinning on this big ass rock through space. But what even is space?! Can anything really be proven or justified? Anyway, that’s enough philosophical contemplation for today, I’m heading off to bed.
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
the first alien invasion in a million years. In the previous one, an entire species was wiped out. Let’s hope this time the humans get to survive. Anyways, little Billy Bob unzipped his pants and out came a little lizard. He demanded on the news that everyone bow to him, or else…
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
“Be not afraid,” the six-winged creature of legend called out, “For it is I, a messenger of the Lord.” A man trembled at the fear-inducing sight, and collapsed before it. “What will you have me do?” the man stammered. “Go now, and spread the Word. The Lord hath returned.” He then
Previous line by @seanking
 
He retreated into the forest and learned the language of the squirrels. He learned the flight patterns of the birds. He understood the ways of the moss. He lived his gnome life.
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
The door opened. Thousands of little lizards ran out the door with little backpacks on their backs. They even have reptile school? They seemed to take to their human predecessors. Ironic. Reptiles dominated the world in the past, and now they have returned stronger than ever.
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
anyways. Looks like we were destined to rot in this hole until Bo the gymnast leapt up, alternating between walls, and made it out of the well. We never saw from her again. Zdenka the fortune teller predicted that we will die here. Well thanks for nothing, Zdenka — Anything else?
Previous line by @benjaminchandler
 
They weren't thinking, that's what. Seat of the pants, plot-hole-laden storytelling garbled with illogical character motivations and apologetic retconning. What a mess. What a potential wasted. And now that she's passed away, we'll never get to see it done right.

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What is Byline?

A multiplayer creative writing experience where a group of authors creates a story, one line at a time.

How does it work?

Loosely based on exquisite corpse, each author writes a line having only seen the line directly before theirs. Once complete, the creator titles the story and shares it with the group.

Who does the writing?

Public Stories

If you create a story (by clicking the new story button New Story Icon) and don’t invite other authors, then it posts publicly to Byline and can be contributed to by any author on the platform.

Private Stories

If you invite individual people (by username, email, or phone number) and deselect Plus Others on Byline then your story becomes private and only those invited can contribute.

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