Introduction

Text based virtual realities - text based multi-user computer environments in which users interact with each other and with their environment by reading and writing - have now been in existence for over 10 years, and have been the subjects of considerable research in a wide variety of disciplines from Sociology to foreign language studies. One of the most interesting areas of research in text based virtual realities has been in using their inherently collaborative nature to produce collaborative texts. One question that bears further research is this:

How does collaboration on a text work in a text based virtual reality?

In this article I report the results of a study in which I observed 3 writers collaborating on a short story in a text based virtual reality known as MUSH 2.0.