The most important single notion in the theory of fiction . . .is that of the vivid and continuous dream.
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction
I don't want to say that hypertext narrative is easy, that the obstacles all lie in foolishness and frailty.
There are intrinsic challenges. Links are cool; they invite reflection, introspection, they ask us to think of ourselves. Links interrupt the action, they remind us that we're here and the drama is there. Links challenge the writer's craft; they always
But all ways to storytelling have intrinsic challenges. Theater has the missing wall. Film has the artifice of the cut and of the camera's perspective. Grand opera has people in makeup, singing in a highly artificial style at the top of their voices. No
It's important to face the real problems, to do the real work.