Shared collaborative narratives have become a type of emerging media along with other forms of Web 2.0 content. Online communities participate in the composition and expansion of their favorite fictional story worlds, including stories created, developed and maintained collaboratively. The resulting narratives can be single, linear, traditional stories, but often become a non-linear network of related stories based on a common story world.
This chapter studies how authors currently collaborate online to build fictional worlds together. We document different dynamics in interactive fiction-writing systems, discuss the resulting contributions, and analyze different underlying factors and their interplay. We present design, content and author interaction data from a large-scale fictional story world that is collaborative (the SCP Foundation). The canonicity of each contribution is operationalized, in terms of productivity, activity, connectivity, story dimensions and recurrent elements, revealing a power law with long tail. Additional results suggest that serialized content templates are preferred, as well as the presence of three major content groups, namely, narrative, encyclopedic and structural contributions. We also discuss in detail how we extend a human¿computer interaction (HCI) model originally proposed for the analysis of interactive narrative systems to include setting, planning and plot development, which are needed to discuss collaborative creative systems.
Tapscott A, Colàs J, Blat J. Collaboration Models in Online Fiction-Writing Communities. In: Filimowicz M, Tzankova V (eds.). Reimagining Communication: Action. 1 ed. New York: Routledge; 2020. p. 223-246.