Ever wanted to write a story on Protagonize all by yourself, without worrying that other folks can add to it? Well, now you can. :)
Of course, since Protagonize is still primarily a collaborative medium, I’m not suggesting that this is for everyone. However, based on popular demand (and the fact that some of the top stories on the site today are written by a solo authors), the site now supports the creation of solo stories.
Solo stories are pretty simple — the key difference between them and regular, collaborative stories is that unless you’re the original author of a solo story, you can’t add to it. Instead, you’ll just have to wait for the next installment from your favourite authors. I think this will really appeal to you rogue authors who just love to tease everyone with a chapter at a time (RT, I’m looking at you.) Also, it allows those of you who may want to post ongoing works on the site to post without losing control of your stories because someone else decided to interject with a post ten chapters in.
As you can see by the screenshot to the right, stories now display a little icon (when reading them) letting you know if they’re solo or collaborative. There are a couple of ways you can change the story mode; either from the main story edit panel (when editing the first chapter, if no one’s posted a follow-up yet), or via the shiny new Story Settings menu (it’ll show up on the right-hand sub-navigation menu, right where Edit Story usually is, assuming you can no longer edit the story directly), which I’ll be discussing in another blog post later this week.
You can read more about the details of converting stories back and forth between modes over on the FAQ if you’re interested. Enjoy!