I have an idea….
Wiki’s have become awefully big, and they’re great at semantically
linking information together. However, they’re most suited towards
documentation and fact gathering. I’ve seen one site - The Fiction
Wikia - that tries to
apply the wiki concept to story telling, but I think it has several
shortcomings. The most notable is that it forces each and every author
on the site to use the same license, the Gnu Free Documentation
which is great for information sharing, but is in my opinion not well
suited to the fiction writer. In my opinion, the Creative Commons
licenses are much more appropriate, and provide the freedom and
flexibility needed for sharing fictional work.
Enter “wikshun”. Wikshun is not a single site, but it is an approach to
writing. The idea is to create a mesh of wiki-like sites, each under the
control of a single author. On each site, the author would publish their
own fiction, and optionally host that of other authors in their own
The author(s) would then enhance their fiction by providing semantially
linked detail for each story. For instance, on the first appearance of a
character’s name, it would be a link to a character bio, either in a
generalized “characters” namespace, or under the exiting store
(Story/CharacterName). The same type of linking could be applied to
settings, dates, special objects or items (i.e. Tolkien’s “Ring of
What does all this get you? Well, with each new page standing as an
individually copyrightable piece of work, each author can choose to
apply different licenses to different pieces. For instance, I may not
want anyone deriving directly from my short stories, but I’m more than
happy to not only let people derive from, but directly copy and use my
characters as described in their character sheets.
I might also be more than happy to let authors place their stories in
some wonderful setting I’ve invented. With each new tale that takes
place there, the setting itself can become expanded and enhanced. With
using wiki technology, these stories can be interlinked relatively
easily, allowing for writers to concentrate on doing what they really
want to do - write.
Why would anyone want to do this? Well, for one, it’s a good way for new
authors to expose their work to the world, under their own licensing
terms. Licenses could range from the GFDL all the way to the typical
restrictive copyright, and an author can have finer control of what he
would like to allow other writers to use.