Say Anything: A Massively Collaborative Open Domain Story Writing Companion

  • Reid Swanson
  • Andrew S. Gordon
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5334)


Interactive storytelling is an interesting cross-disciplinary area that has importance in research as well as entertainment. In this paper we explore a new area of interactive storytelling that blurs the line between traditional interactive fiction and collaborative writing. We present a system where the user and computer take turns in writing sentences of a fictional narrative. Sentences contributed by the computer are selected from a collection of millions of stories extracted from Internet weblogs. By leveraging the large amounts of personal narrative content available on the web, we show that even with a simple approach our system can produce compelling stories with our users.


Interactive Storytelling Interactive Fiction Collaborative Writing Social Media Information Retrieval 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reid Swanson
    • 1
  • Andrew S. Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute for Creative TechnologiesThe University of Southern CaliforniaMarina Del ReyUSA

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