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 @seanking
 
But the real truth is that Dudley left her cold. He bored her. “You can’t spell ‘Dudley’ without ’DUD’!” That was written in her diary in purple gel pen. Luckily that diary was double locked. Unluckily…
Previous line by @thewordplayer
 
She took one from Caesar’s body, conveniently placed on the floor, then began to slash the watermelon under her blouse, performing the world’s first “Caesarian”. “Blood” flowed out from her stomach. Turns out, this was the first instance of “Sudoku” as well. The audience clapped.
Previous line by @thewordplayer
 
“Robots are taking our jobs and putting us out of a living wage. What are we to do, just stand there? I want my role back! Make me an actor again! We need more human representation!” The robot gave him a blank stare. “Beep boop.” “Fine, you’re right…”
Previous line by @benjaminchandler
 
buried some booty there. And by "booty" I mean "pirate treasure" (like the Professor says). The cops toss dirt everywhere, turf landing onto the DJ, wreckin' her set. Then, Officer Parolski's shovel hits something solid. "Found it, boys," he drawls. "That sweet booty is ours."
Previous line by @thewordplayer
 
“The Little Air Fryer”, “I Believe I Can Fry”, and many other novels. All about air fryers! She dedicated her whole life to air fryers ever since the day of its invention, truly the best invention, since sliced bread! If you don’t get it, well… Clearly you don’t own an air fryer.
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
The man held out four fingers, and he asked me to count them. “Why, there are four fingers!” I confidently replied. “That is incorrect. I am holding five fingers.” A wave of electricity surged through me. “How many fingers?” All part of the tort— enhanced interrogation procedure.
Previous line by @seanking
 
One by one, the sailors stripped down to their skivvies and dove off the poop deck into the salty brine. The ocean water was shockingly cold, the plunge cleared most of the sailor's minds. In the sea, not atop it, they gained a newperspective entirely.
Previous line by @thewordplayer
 
“That was until the beavers, squirrels and badgers forged an alliance to drive out the gopher threat from this town, through the use of gorilla warfare!” The old man handed me his rifle. “Listen here, son, you see any gophers…” A gopher emerged from the bushes. “Gopher it.” Bang.

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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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