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 @ravynwebb
 
When the email came, it was brief and blunt. "I have leftthekeys at the house," it read, "One beneath the turtle potted plant and the other under the mat. If you fail to find them, may I recommend nearest Four Seasons?" There was no signature line.
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
ed again. “We’re going on a trip, to a place that’s full of ship, zooming through the hall, ligma ball-“ The school cop shushed us. Why was the teacher so overprotective of her phone anyways? Unless… “She has some verysecretpictures, and/or texts!” I exclaimed. My friend chimed
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
“What are you doing, banging my knockers? And why are you twisting your knob? I’m here, what is it you need?” She answered. “Now Sweden, uh, no… Svadba!” I replied, “That’s your name, right? I need help decoding this map on a pearl.” I gave it to her. “Now let’s see…”
Previous line by @seanking
 
She ran onto her street, towards her house, but ran right past it. She kept going, running onto Main Street then out of town. When dawn broke, she was 7 miles outside of town. “All that cardio is really paying off”, she said aloud.
Previous line by @jacobsherman
 
We turned around to face him. “Aaah you’re monsters too? Aaah…” the kid ran away as he was chased by a group of Halloween costumers. Poor kid, who’s gonna tell him? We shrugged and rang the bell again. “Trickortreat!” we greeted. An elderly lady dropped a few sweets in our bag.
Previous line by @ravynwebb
 
The chase led me to the edge of the town, where nothing but empty, dilapidated barns sat in overgrown fields of green. The van pulled into the dusty driveway of a red barn, its paint peeling under the hot sun. I stopped on the opposite side of the road, waiting for their exit.
Previous line by @benjaminchandler
 
That's why she put me in this institution. But I'm going to escape. Tonight. And you're going to help me. Here, hide this key in your mouth. Yeah, it tastes like soap because it's made of soap. Now here's the plan:
Previous line by @seanking
 
“Ssssssilenccce, human! I demand sssilence! You must be quiet now!” The greasy man hissed. “OK I am”, I said. “You jussst ssspoke!”, he said. “Just to say that I’m beingquiet, though”, I said. “Then you’re not sssilent! I DEMAND SSSSILENCCCE!”

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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 Allow others on Byline to contribute then your story becomes private and only those invited can contribute.

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