I downloaded Twine to my laptop (windows).
Today my laptop turned off without me shutting it down correctly.
I opened Twine later today and it displays a blank screen. Only 2 buttons are visible; twine & edit.
I went to the folder and story file, once opened, also displays blank.
Any one know what could possible go wrong or if there is a chance to retrieve the story from the html file?
Any advice would be much appreciated!
To produce a playable/compiled version, you must use the Publish to File story menu item. That will produce an HTML file which has your project's data compiled into its selected story format.
How you acquire the compiled HTML file differs somewhat based on the release of Twine 2:
As far as the other issue goes, and speaking only for the installable/executable release, have you tried removing Twine 2's local application data cache? Uninstalling the application does not remove that and it can become corrupted.
With Twine 2 closed—you may need to ensure none of its processes are lingering—try looking under whatever directory your OS generally uses to store local/temporary application data. If you find a Twine directory with there, remove it. Once removed, try Twine 2 again.
CAUTION! Do not accidentally remove your document's Twine directory—the one with a Stories subdirectory—as that is your data directory and removing that will also remove your projects.
Example for Windows: Try opening the Run dialog (WIN+R) and type the following into it: That should open an explorer window to your local application data directory. Look for a Twine directory within and remove it if you find it—again, while Twine 2 is not running—then try Twine 2 again.
PS: It may not be your problem, but it can't hurt to try.