I had this idea last year for an experiment with writing that I intend to carry out: using a wiki to document the people, places, and things of a story.
Why? Well, a few reasons come to mind:
- Wikis are a nice way to organize various types of information and are easily digestible. Imagine having a page in the wiki for one of your characters, with a photo or illustration in the sidebar. The page could have sections on the parts of their lives and their background.
- The wiki can be private to start and stay private forever, or it could be made public and become a valuable resource for fans.
- It'd be great extra content for a story where one could read and get lost in the more 'factual' aspects of the fictional world.
I love reading and browsing wikis, whether it's a wiki for a specific world or Wikipedia, and for the right kind of story, it would be a great way to develop it and share it. For the stories I have written, I use the writing app I use, Storyist, to document characters and places, but it isn't that great of an experience. It always feels like a chore. With a wiki, it's as simple as wrapping a word in double brackets,
[[Poro Domdoro]], and a new page is created for that character. Everything can be easily interconnected and managed.
I'll see how my experiment goes and share what I learn.