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 @queenmualla
 
You wake up to find yourself shrunken down to one inch tall. You look up and see your mother towering above you. She bends over and picks you up, holding you in her motherly palm. You are like a bug in her hand but she loves you.
Previous line by @seanking
 
All the residents were behind closed doors before dark. As soon as the light was gone every night, the crabs climbed up to the town square and started their song. The sound brought the bats. The pavement crawled and the air flapped.
Previous line by @seanking
 
Finally the idea hit the little brat. "Oh, I could get up, go to the fridge, and get the milk myself. Ok, I'll do that then." Bobby was used to being waited on, but he realized it wasn't that hard to pour milk into his own cereal. "Wow. i guess Gramps was right!"
Previous line by @benjaminchandler
 
"Excuse me!" called a voice from the back. "What if the party's goals involve not having enough grapes?" The planner frowned. "A grape-shortage goal? Why—" A man stood. "I'm from the Kumquat Growers of California. We find less party grapes means more kumquat eaters. Cha-ching!!"
Previous line by @racheldrew
 
“There’s a room that’s locked. I didn’t care, but one night I heard sounds in there — footsteps and the sound of something ripping, like paper. It’s one thing if my landlord is storing some boxes, but… boxes and books don’t have feet. I called the landlord the next morning and
Previous line by @emilyj
 
I hovered the mouse pointer over YES. I knew better than to click on links in unsolicited emails. But this one maybe had the answers. I’ve felt out of place my whole life. Was my dad really a king? Is my ‘mom’ really my bodyguard? I just had to know. I clicked YES.
Previous line by @seanking
 
The strangest part of life in Toronto was the stream of tourists from Minnesota desperate to buy mayo. It was such a strange thing to become illegal in the U.S., eh?
Previous line by @benjaminchandler
 
"You two think you're so smart, with your techno-hats and 24 megabyte press-on nails," he spat. "I'll show you what real livin' is about." With that, he tossed his tablet into the river. And his watch. And his beard trimmer & glow in the dark coffee cup. "I'm goin' off the grid."

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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.

What if I see something offensive?

If you see something that doesn't live up to our standards report it by clicking the next to any line.