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“The Drifting Isle Chronicles”

February 14, 2012
“The Drifting Isle Chronicles”

A few days ago I stumbled on a promising new shared universe project being led by Joseph Robert Lewis, a prolific self-published author. The project is called “The Drifting Isle Chronicles,” and while it’s technically not a shared story world (Joseph is working with a small group of authors and is not accepting outside submissions),…

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‘Shared Story World Design Primer’ (DIY Days L.A.)

November 14, 2011
‘Shared Story World Design Primer’ (DIY Days L.A.)

After posting several entries on SSW design here, I had the chance to expand on them at DIY Days L.A. 2011. Although I had about an hour to make the presentation, I barely had time to cover the absolute basics (I hope to go into more detail in future posts). Still, the exercise of bringing…

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Money, Shared Story Worlds, and You

September 26, 2011
Money, Shared Story Worlds, and You

This is the sixth in a series of posts regarding shared story world design Chances are you’re launching a SSW in order to make money. Maybe not enough to retire on, but more than zero. If so, you have a lot of options for opening the revenue doors. Presuming you aren’t planning to “sell” your project to…

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The Path to Canonicity

September 19, 2011
The Path to Canonicity

This is the fifth in a series of posts regarding shared story world design     This post will touch on the issues of managing canonicity for a SSW. “Canon” is a term applied to content deemed official or recognized as officially part of a shared story world. Normally, canonical content is generated by the…

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Scoping the Audience Participation

September 13, 2011
Scoping the Audience Participation

This is the fourth in a series of posts regarding shared story world design A SSW model does not require you to make it fully open to audience participation. You have the ability to sandbox or cordon off any or all parts of the world you like. In fact, you may want or even need to. Some…

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World Bibles and World Wikis

September 12, 2011
World Bibles and World Wikis

This is the third in a series of posts regarding shared story world design The concept of a world bible is a tried and true practice in many creative areas, especially for serial storytelling like television or large entertainment franchises. A world bible is an internal document or system for cataloging characters, places, items, etc.…

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The Message in the Medium

September 9, 2011
The Message in the Medium

This is the second in a series of posts regarding shared story world design Your decision about which mediums you want to play in for your SSW and which mediums you want to accept from contributors obviously have an effect on many aspects of your SSW design, marketing, and management. I can’t possibly go into…

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Participation, Worldbuilding, and Genres

September 7, 2011
Participation, Worldbuilding, and Genres

This is the first in a series of posts regarding shared story world design The genre you choose for your SSW will have a direct impact on how people contribute and participate. Some genres lend themselves to participation better than others, so consider the advantages and drawbacks of each, especially if your SSW has a…

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