Narrative Generation in the Wild: Methods from NaNoGenMo

Judith van Stegeren, Mariët Theune

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    In text generation, generating long stories is still a challenge. Coherence tends to decrease rapidly as the output length increases. Especially for generated stories, coherence of the narrative is an important quality aspect of the output text. In this paper we examine how narrative coherence is attained in the submissions of NaNoGenMo 2018, an online text generation event where participants are challenged to generate a 50,000 word novel. We list the main approaches that were used to generate coherent narratives and link them to scientific literature. Finally, we give recommendations on when to use which approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStorytelling
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Second Workshop, August 1, 2019, Florence Italy
    EditorsFrancis Ferraro, Ting-Hao 'Kenneth' Huang, Stephanie Lukin, Margaret Mitchell
    Place of PublicationFlorence, Italy
    PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
    Event2nd Workshop on Storytelling 2019 - Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
    Duration: 1 Aug 20191 Aug 2019
    Conference number: 2


    Workshop2nd Workshop on Storytelling 2019
    Abbreviated titleStoryNLP
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    • NaNoGenMo
    • Natural language generation
    • Story generation
    • Narrative generation
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      Judith Emma van Stegeren (Participant)

      24 Jan 2020

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    • 2nd Workshop on Storytelling 2019

      Judith Emma van Stegeren (Participant)

      1 Aug 2019

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