frightened to share your work, you retreat. you hide underneath the weight of your own overwhelming lack of [[self-confidence.|self-confidence]]
everyone is around you is creating. \n\n[[creating what?|intro2]]
<<set $wrote_poem = "yes">>\nno matter what you write, it sounds convoluted. the point you're trying to make is dull and unclear. you fumble with spelling, with grammar, with tone and tenses. this is the work of a child.\n\n[[you are a talentless hack.|the choice]]
you have composed music. \n\nyou have written poetry that represents emotions that only you contain. \n\nyou danced while others stood by the sidelines, waiting for a partner. \n\nyour videogame was real, it was yours, and you enjoyed it. \n\nthat costume was a creation you wear as a badge of achievement. \n\nyour drawing exists forever as a reminder that you are capable of creativity.\n\n[[time fast forwards.|again]]
<<set $danced = "yes">>you fell in clumsy disarray. you cannot feel the beat. you sway the wrong way. you zig when you should zag. so you think you can't dance.\n\n[[you are a talentless hack.|the choice]]
<<set $wrote_song = "yes">>your voice sounds crackled, unclear. you cannot find the breath to continue. your range feels small and your vibrato irregular. your voice is hoarse. windows are shattered, though the floor remains free of debris.\n\n[[you are a talentless hack.|the choice]]
you worry about what others will think of you. will they think you're [[stupid?|stupid]]
talentless hack.
it's your time. what will you make?\n\n<<if $wrote_poem eq "no">>[[you put pen to paper and words form poetry across the page|poem]]<<endif>>\n\n<<if $wrote_song eq "no">>[[you raise your voice in song|song]]<<endif>>\n\n<<if $made_game eq "no">>[[you fumble with a game engine to make a videogame|videogame]]<<endif>>\n\n<<if $sewed eq "no">>[[the sewing machine beckons, as you aspire to create intricate costumes|sewing]]<<endif>>\n\n<<if $made_drawing eq "no">>[[with color and texture you draw figments of your mundane mind|drawing]]<<endif>>\n\n<<if $danced eq "no">>[[your feet move with rhythm as you dance across the floor|dancing]]<<endif>>\n\n<<if ($wrote_poem eq "yes") and ($wrote_song eq "yes") and ($made_game eq "yes") and ($sewed eq "yes") and ($made_drawing eq "yes") and ($danced eq "yes")>>\nwhy can you not succeed? \n\n[[what is wrong with you?|wrong]]<<endif>>
<<set $made_game = "yes">>your game is too challenging. your game is too easy. the reviewers said it's boring. said it's too pretentious. you didn't qualify for the IGF awards, again. not even an honorable mention.\n\n[[you are a talentless hack.|the choice]]
you freeze up. you can't possibly make anything of substance, anything useful, anything important.\n\nyou feel like a ''talentless hack''.\n\nalas, you try again. maybe next time will be different.\n\n[[the end.|credits]]
everyone is doing good things around you.\n\nthey say: 'make something'\n\nthey say: 'you have the tools, use them to inspire yourself'.\n\nthey say: 'be like us. inspire others.'\n\n[[make something|the end]]
<<set $sewed = "yes">>your needle broke. your stitches are uneven. you ran out of thread. the costume doesn't fit, it's unflattering, the colors are wrong. are you even using a pattern? perhaps you should.\n\n[[you are a talentless hack.|the choice]]
This was my first-ever 'game' in Twine, done for a game jam hosted by <html><a href="http://aliendovecote.com">Porpentine</a></html>.\n\nI've never completed any type of game or interactive fiction on my own, so it's scary to even share this one. Go easy on me.
you have high hopes for yourself, but you cannot meet a single expectation. \n\n[[doubt.|doubt]]
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everyone is around you is creating. \n\nthey spit out content like the discarded shells of the seeds of sunflowers. games, movies, songs. 'you can do it too,' they say.\n\nyou lag behind. you walk backwards through the world while others run forward.\n\nuncomfortable in your skin. in your brain. in your conscious. \n\n[[you can do it|intro5]]
<<silently>>\n<<set $wrote_poem = "no">>\n<<set $wrote_song = "no">>\n<<set $made_game = "no">>\n<<set $sewed = "no">>\n<<set $made_drawing = "no">>\n<<set $danced = "no">>\n<<endsilently>>\neveryone is around you is creating. \n\nthey spit out content like the discarded shells of the seeds of sunflowers. games, movies, songs. 'you can do it too,' they say.\n\nyou lag behind. you walk backwards through the world while others run forward.\n\nuncomfortable in your skin. in your brain. in your conscious. \n\nit's time to respond. answer the call that threatens to dim you to obscurity or light you up in glory. \n\n[[be brave|the choice]]
what if they judge you? what if you just don't [[compare?|compare]]
everyone is around you is creating. \n\nthey spit out content like the discarded shells of the seeds of sunflowers. games, movies, songs. 'you can do it too,' they say.\n\n[[where are you?|intro3]]
everyone is around you is creating. \n\nthey spit out content like the discarded shells of the seeds of sunflowers. games, movies, songs. 'you can do it too,' they say.\n\nyou lag behind. you walk backwards through the world while others run forward.\n\n[[try to move forward|intro4]]
by <html><a href="http://www.twitter.com/cuppy">@cuppy</a></html>
<<set $made_drawing = "yes">>your drawing is unrecognizable. you color outside the lines, your perspective is skewed. you forgot the color wheel. your art teacher is ashamed. you are ashamed. \n\n[[you are a talentless hack.|the choice]]