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The Life and Mind of DamnBlackHeart
This is to help me stay actively writing. So expect to see rants, tips on writing, thoughts on subjects, me complaining of boredom, reviews, anime, movies, video games, conventions, tv shows and whatever life throws at me.
Has anyone ever heard of CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure)?

If not than I'm sure you don't know what it is either. It's mostly a story written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character's actions in response to the plot and its outcome. Choose Your Own Adventure was one of the most popular children's series during the 1980s and 1990s, selling over 250 million copies between 1979 and 1998, and translated into at least 38 languages.

Basically, it's stories that are written like this:

Lisa noticed a red door at the end of the hallway. All the other doors were black and locked. Curious she walked closer to it and placed her hand on the door knob. Surprisingly it was warm which is odd. All the other door knobs were cold and no one lived in the old house but her. Carefully, she turned the knob but did not fully opened it.

Should she open it? (Go to page 20)
Should she turn back? (Go to page 30)

Another example would be this:

The deeper you walked into the forest the more quieter it got and the less animals you saw. Something about the center of the forest was wrong but not evil, at least that's what your senses are telling you. Suddenly a loud unhuman cry echoed, sending chills down your spine and it didn't sound good. You paused, wondering if you should continue.

Continue on, maybe someone is hurt. (Go to page 3)
Turn back, it could be dangerous. (Go to page 4)
Head in another directions. (Go to page 5)

And here's a list of some CYOA books:

The Cave of Time by Edward Packard
Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery
Deadwood City by Edward Packard
The Forbidden Castle by Edward Packard
House of Danger by R. A. Montgomery
Survival at Sea by Edward Packard
Underground Kingdom by Edward Packard
The Horror of High Ridge by Julius Goodman
The Curse of Batterslea Hall by Richard Brightfield
Vampire Express by Tony Koltz
The Dragons' Den by Richard Brightfield
The Mystery of the Highland Crest by Louise Munro Foley
Journey to Stonehenge by Fred Graver
The Throne of Zeus by Deborah Lerme Goodman
Search for the Mountain Gorillas by Jim Wallace
The Mystery of Echo Lodge by Louise Munro Foley
Grand Canyon Odyssey by Jay Leibold
Outlaws of Sherwood Forest by Ellen Kushner
Danger at Anchor Mine by Louise Munro Foley
The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman
Ghost Hunter by Edward Packard
The Case of the Silk King by Shannon Gilligan
Forest of Fear by Louise Munro Foley
The Trumpet of Terror by Deborah Lerme Goodman
The Enchanted Kingdom by Ellen Kushner
The Antimatter Formula by Jay Leibold
Statue of Liberty Adventure by Ellen Kushner
Terror Island by Tony Koltz
Vanished! by Deborah Lerme Goodman
Beyond Escape! by R. A. Montgomery
Sugarcane Island by Edward Packard
Mystery of the Secret Room by Ellen Kushner
Secret of the Ninja by Jay Leibold
Secret of the Sun God by Andrea Packard
Invaders of the Planet Earth by Richard Brightfield
Planet of the Dragons by Richard Brightfield
Return to Atlantis by R. A. Montgomery
Mystery of the Sacred Stones by Louise Munro Foley
Terror in Australia by Shannon Gilligan
Ghost Train by Louise Munro Foley
Silver Wings by R. A. Montgomery
The Forgotten Planet by Doug Wilhelm
Scene of the Crime by Doug Wilhelm
Dinosaur Island by Edward Packard
Give Yourself Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Horror House by Edward Packard
The Secret of Mystery Hill by Doug Wilhelm
Killer Virus by R. A. Montgomery
Journey to the Year 3000 by Edward Rackard
Danger Zones by R. A. Montgomery

I bring this up because they're pretty fun to read and interactive just like a game. So instead of just being a bystander you actually have some control of what the characters do in the story OR you have control of what you want to do and what will happen as though you were really the main character of the story.

I decided to work on my own CYOA. I have three CYOA ideas, one is a zombie apocalypse survival story, another is a pokemon story and the last is a maybe a Silent Hill one. Right now I'm working on the pokemon CYOA since it's a lot easier for me to start on and I've already have the choices and situations in mind and plotted out. After I'm done with it or I've gone pretty far with the Pokemon CYOA than I'll start with the zombie survival story. For that however, I have yet to figure out if I want it to be an original story altogether or it be fanfiction and take place in a zombie fandom like Resident Evil, or Left 4 Dead, The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Weeks Later, or any of the other zombie horror movies, video games, books etc.

On another note...It sucks a** that FanFiction.net doesn't accept that or second point of view. They don't even SAY why it's ban. It's an legit form of writing and they can be tastefully done. Look at all those book listed above...and those aren't even all of them.

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