Ambika Sukla’s Glypho is a cool and very flexible tool for group novel-writing.
I wrote about a similar idea (with a very different rule set) at TechCrunch called unblokt a couple of months ago. Unlike unblokt, which actually has each sentence written by a separate writer, Glypho takes things on a chapter by chapter approach, with users voting on the best next chapter. Things then move forward.
Here’s how it works: Someone posts a story idea, and everyone contributes with character and plot ideas. People write chapters, and users vote on the “best” chapter. That is set, and the process continues.
It has a small but growing audience and 20-30 dedicated writers at this point, and is growing. It will be interesting to see what kind of content comes out of this process.
Story rights are ‘Creative Commons – Attribution, Non-commercial, Share Alike’ and the completed story is owned collectively by all contributors. Glypho only retains the right to publish the story royalty-free. Publishers also elect to set different licensing terms at the start of a project.