A first beta of the new StorySpace has been posted for people in the Tinderbox Backstage and I’ve downloaded it with blind excitement.

“Blind” because I’ve never used StorySpace before, but I am currently straddling the divide between linear and hypertext writing and feel very unsure of which way to go with a couple of stalled writing projects. Linear writing means these projects will never be published. Hypertext writing makes publication easy. I worry though about the way it tempts me to avoid the fruitful challenge of ordering material. Overcoming that problem has been key to all my successful writing in the past. How do I work without it? Or beyond it?

“Excitement” is less complicated: curiosity in this case feels like hope.