Coming up with stories from scratch can be tough! We get it. Sometimes a little guidance is all that is needed to get those juices flowing.

Below are templates for several story types you will find on the Story City App. Not only will they give you some great examples already present on the app for each category, but they’ll provide suggestions, tips, and tricks to change things up and make them your own!

You can click on the list below to be taken directly to the template, or feel free to browse the page!

Branching Narrative Template

The great thing about a branching narrative or choose your adventure is the reader takes on the role of a character within the story, and the choices they make not only affect the story but how they move through the city. Plus, it allows people to play multiple times to see what would happen if they chose differently. In fact, close to 30% of adventures will go back and try a story again.

  • Category: Fiction
  • Type: Branching Narrative
  • Best Genres: Can work with any genre of fiction, and in many cases can contain multiple genres as storylines continue to branch.
  • Interactivity Level: Medium
  • Re-play-ability: High (someone can do more than once with a different result).

Branching Narrative Template PDF

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Fictional Linear Story Template

You might have content either in a book, fictional podcast, or play that works really well as an action-packed storyline people are excited to follow (or to be able to literally immerse themselves in the role of a favourite character). Maybe you want to test the fictional waters, so to speak, before trying your hand at a more interactive style of story. If so, this is your template!

  • Category: Fiction
  • Type: Linear Narrative
  • Best Genres: Can work with any genre of fiction.
  • Interactivity Level: Low
  • Re-play-ability: Low

Fictional linear Story Template PDF

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Puzzle Trail Template

While scavenger hunts can be pretty mindless, there is a thrill to being able to solve an escape room style puzzle before anyone else. To test your powers of deduction against others, a race against time. Perhaps you already create puzzle rooms or games for a living, and you want to try your hand at a version people can live in cities across the world. Or you really want people to pay attention to the world around them. Whatever your reason, this is your template!

  • Category: Fiction
  • Type: Linear Narrative
  • Best Genres: Mystery, Adventure, and Escape Room stories.
  • Interactivity Level: High
  • Re-play-ability: Low

Puzzle Trail Template PDF

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History or Nature Walk Template

So, you have a non-fiction book or walking tour that would make a great digital self-guided walk – maybe for extra exposure, maybe because people have been complaining you don’t have enough walk times, maybe because you want an additional revenue stream from a tech savvy generation who uses their phones for everything? Or maybe you want a creative way to teach kids and families history and facts without crossing their eyes in boredom. Well, you’ve come to the right template!

  • Category: Non-Fiction with potential Fiction elements
  • Type: Linear Narrative
  • Best Genres: Historic tours, nature walks, tales of myths and legends, and stories rich in environmental details.
  • Interactivity Level: Low
  • Re-play-ability: Low

History or Nature Walk Template PDF

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Scavenger Hunt Template

This is a great template to organise community events or team-building exercises with opportunities to connect with businesses and local organisations to engage with the community, inform about the area, and boost small businesses. These are also brilliant for non-profit fundraisers and can even be combined with things like fundraising car rallies, marathons, or walks.

  • Category: Non-Fiction
  • Type: Linear Narrative
  • Best Genres: Team-building adventures and non-narrative adventures
  • Interactivity Level: High
  • Re-play-ability: Medium

Scavenger Hunt Template PDF

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Fitness Experience Template

Many people on their fitness journey are in that no-mans land where they want that personal/interactive experience, but don’t have the time/funds to attend a certain class every week. This template allows for you to reach people who WANT to be more physically fit, but maybe have an irregular schedule, are just getting started so are shy in groups, or they’ll looking to make exercise a bit more FUN (think a Zombie’s Run experience but made by YOU!). Or potentially they are prepping for an event like a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder. Whatever the reason, this digital story can exist 24/7, draw a community together, be an alternate source of revenue and social media content, and build interest in your services and other classes!

  • Category: Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Type: Linear Fitness Adventure Experience
  • Best Genres: Can work with any fitness style that makes use of outdoor environments.
  • Interactivity Level: Medium
  • Re-play-ability: Medium

Fitness Template PDF

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