Yarn lets you make stories with pictures, sounds and videos on the web, and connect them with others. It's simple and fun. Here's a quick guide to getting started.
This is the passage screen. Each passage needs to have some text, so write the first part of your story here. You can write as little or as much as you like, but it's best to keep passages fairly short, so your story is easy to manage. Remember, your story can have as many passages as you like.
The passage screen is also where you can add images, sounds or videos, as well as additional details like people, places or times relevant to this part of your story.
Adding an item is easy. As long as your item is already on the web, you just need to click 'add a new item'. You can then enter the web address of the item (by viewing the item online, and copying its address from the address bar in your web browser, then pasting it into the item box on Yarn). If the item you want to add isn't already on the web, but is on your computer, such as a picture or video you have taken yourself, you will need to upload it, first. For advice on how to do this, go to our FAQ page.
Once you have added an item to your story, a link to it is stored in your Library. This is an index of all the items you have added to Yarn. It's useful, in case you want to use the same item in a different story. You can also browse items added by other Yarn users. You might find interesting things to use in your stories, too!
Adding details to your story is really useful. It allows other Yarn users to find your story, if they are exploring specific subjects. You can add names of people, such as Winston Churchill, or 'My mother'.
Places are also important. They can be geographical locations, such as Manchester, or High St, or very specific and personal, such as 'my lounge', or 'the park'. Whatever your story needs!
Times can also be an interesting and useful way of allowing people to discover your story. Just like places, these could be as specific as '28th February 1927', or as general as 'the 1950s', 'yesterday' or 'every summer'.
You can also add labels, to give a rough category or description to your story, such as 'World War 2', 'music', 'industry' or 'politics'.
Once you have completed your first passage, click the Save button. This saves your progress so far, but will not publish it to the Yarn website.
You'll then see an overview of your story so. Now you can start a new passage, for the next part of your story. Repeat the process, until you have completed your story. If you want, you can also reorder your passages, if you realise you need to.
Once you are happy with your story, you can preview it, to check what it will look like once it is published. When you are ready, hit the big Publish button. Remember – you can always add new passages to your story, or delete parts, even after publishing.
When you press Publish, you can decide who can see your story, and whether you want to allow people to leave notes. Yarn is all about sharing and connecting stories, and finding out more about the subjects you are interested in. But if you want your story to be more private – just for people you choose, you can.