A group of authors meet together as would musicians and tell each other stories. They decide to collaborate on a writing project and figure that something like a Google Doc would work. One of the writers is also a programmer and she has an idea to write some code for a wiki-novel:
Each writer has a colored hyperlink.
Readers can click on links while reading and go into another facet of the narrative––a take from another author’s perspectives––and click on hyperlinks within that scene written by other writers in the group.
The wiki-novel is online for anyone to find and it gets serialized to subscribers. Every Friday they receive an email with story highlights and a link to the wiki-novel.
There are buttons created at the end of each section of the narrative so readers can say yes, this is cool; or I’m indifferent to this thread; or no, I don’t like this one (there’s also a comment thread allowing them fuller participation in the story).
The characters’ narrative develops as the authors follow each other––writing links and exploring storylines––and as they follow their readers. Even if readers just enjoy the story and pass on the yes/maybe/no vote and the opportunity to comment, there are analytics that show what links get the most click-throughs and the direction people are reading in the story. Continue reading