When Wikipedia launched in 2001 it created a new way of sharing knowledge, the idea that a collective community could come up with an encyclopedia reliant on the knowledge and research of its members. While one could very easily question the reliability of the resulting articles, there’s no denying that the site has become one of the most popular on the internet. And it has spawned a new type of website that has been termed: the wiki.
It’s easier and easier to have your own wiki now, especially thanks to the MediaWiki suite of tools. Because of this it’s now common for television shows to have their own version of a wiki, perhaps exemplified by Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki site. So, I was thinking, if shows tend to spawn wikis, why can’t a wiki spawn a show?
And that is one of my current projects in how to explore modern technology in the writing process, I have created a wiki for Arkham, the TV pilot and concept currently being worked on by my wife and I. It’s an interesting approach to creating a show bible, since the whole concept of a wiki allows for interlinking and categorization of ideas, and creates a natural flow. It also creates a place online where we can collaborate on the fly when we come up with ideas and, best of all, completely lock it down. Seriously. Go ahead. Visit the Arkham wiki. Not very interesting, is it? That’s because one of the other great tools is that the wiki configuration files allow me to completely lock down anything I want to lock down, including site registration and viewing content. It allows for us to collaborate without opening the ideas we’re putting in there to the public at large.
It’s still a rather new site, we’re working just on putting in characters and locations right now, but we’re hoping that it becomes a good tool going forward for outlining episode concepts and helps us put together an eventual submission for People’s Pilot. Until then, at least it’s a fun way of exploring the world we’re creating.
DL Thurston’s blog at http://DLThurston.com/blog is currently broken and never got updated anyway. Instead, watch him try to make sense of the War of 1812 at http://200years.dlthurston.com. He is still shocked that the phrase “War of 1812 blog” returns hits in Google. Rust is available now for Kindle, ePub readers, and iBooks, coming soon to Sony Reader.