2023 Worldbuilding Review

Reflecting on my worldbuilding from last year and taking stock of inspiration for the year ahead!

This is an out of universe article for World Anvil's reading challenge of January 2023!
  I've decided that I want to use these bi-annual reading challenges as an opportunity for personal reflection, kinda like a "worldbuilding review" that I get to do after the major events of the year in the World Anvil community.  

Last Year's Reflections

Things that went well:
  • Burnout reduction - I did a lot better with managing my burnout this year and saying "no" to things I didn't want to do. When I got flu & covid back-to-back in December I was still able to just about finish my 10k words because I dropped my perfectionism in my final article and did a literal brain-dump for my Magic article and it was just a big, unformatted list. I felt happy with it! It's still worldbuilding, and I can polish it later.
  • Core concepts - I changed the way I worked on things and tackled the important articles first like Folks before expanding into individual ones.
  • Feedback - I got some really useful group feedback from my worldbuilding friends that has helped me to see areas of improvement I can work on.
Things to improve on:
  • Art production - Compared to the previous year, I didn't create so many art pieces or designed assets and it's something I really enjoy being able to showcase. I still made some great work, like my map of Anvil and my quick sketches for Gauntlet, the card game that I made during WorldEmber.
  • Focus areas - I have a big world map and I want to know the overviews of what goes on in each country. I wanna do all the thiiiiiiiiiiiiings! But also I really want to connect all of my existing worldbuilding more cohesively.
  • Liveliness - I would like my world to feel more lively and talk more about the folks and characters and how they interact with each other in the world. I want to populate the world with more species, too!
 

New Year's Resolutions

My new year's worldbuilding resolutions for 2023 are:
  1. Get tidy - I will tidy, polish, and expand upon my existing articles and make sure that their lore is lively and interconnected with the rest of the world.
  2. Get shiny - I will make art, designs, concepts and shiny worldbuilding as I continue to find new and exciting ways of doing things.
  3. Get out there - I want to share my work more! I really love inpsiring others and showing people the methods I use to make things. I'll be sharing lots in my social spaces but also sharing my not-so-top-secret plans, tips and techniques on my blog!
   

Reading Inspirations

1
Irates
World: Symbols of Power | Author: Naelin
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Embedded maps with clickable parts are amazing for storytelling
  2. Isolated island images give great visual context when talking about regions
  3. Large and small maps help to get a sense of scale and location in the world


 
2
Entering the Shattered
World: Shattered | Author: Catoblepon
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Colour coding can make it easier to identify recurring concepts
  2. Cato's art is amazing even with using one colour and in blocked out shapes
  3. Coloured text is great for emphasizing key words and drawing attention to things


 
3
Simple Cybernetics
World: Luridity | Author: Dani
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. You can always include puns and easter eggs AND make them a unique part of your worldbuilding
  2. Consider how the people in your world see themselves (positively and/or negatively) and what they desire because of this
  3. Think about what conditions and symptoms the inhabitants of your world have to live with and how they manage their daily life


 
4
The Logbooks
World: Hislariya | Author: Simo
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Journal snippets can tell you a lot about characters AND the world they live in
  2. Inventory lists provide an excellent slice-of-life depth to the world
  3. Documenting the passing of time makes the world feel lived in


 
5
Ghostbuster
World: Shedim | Author: Qurilion
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Quotes are a great way of formatting articles and introducing dialogue or other perspectives
  2. Explaining different planes of existence in context to a profession is a great way of introducing or reaffirming broad concepts
  3. Professions provide a great slice-of-life for how different people interact with each other


 
6
The Qualic Scriptorium
World: Istralar | Author: Han
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Quotes are an excellent way of voicing questions and opinions about the world
  2. Big and mystical concepts don't have to be explained in every detail to be understood
  3. Think about what common questions people would ask about your article and address them in advance


 
7
Fei
World: Solaris | Author: Annie Stein
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Leading art and a short description with some facts tells me instantly what the article is about
  2. Including different quirks about a species and how they interact with others can make them more memorable
  3. Articles can be short and interesting that keeps your attention and makes you want to read more


 
8
Xiuthan
World: Cathedris | Author: Stormbril
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Describing how a character's clothing evolved tells so much about their personality and history
  2. Explaining the history of a character can evoke great empathy
  3. Unexplained things left to the imagination turn horrors into unforgettable nightmares


 
9
Blue Syndrome
World: Dark Lord Seduction Plan | Author: Amélie I. S. Debruyne
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Using a newspaper format creates an immersive slice-of-life experience
  2. Icons really add to the visual storytelling in the article
  3. Explaining how the condition affects people and how it can be treated makes the world feel alive and real


 
10
Voidclaimed
World: Vazdimet | Author: M H Biscup
Here's what you can learn from this article:
  1. Starting with a dialogue quote creates instant immersion to the world
  2. Articles don't have to be lengthy to be interesting, and further reading in connected articles makes me want to read more
  3. Ending on an impactful sentence can leave you thinking deeply on the topic of the article

Upcoming Events 2023

Here's a list of upcoming events on World Anvil this year - if you want more info you can read my full blog post on what all of the events are and their estimated release dates! I've also included how to prepare for each event, plus reminders of what the challenges were the last two years to give you an idea of what to expect! :D    
Jan: Reading challenge
Unannounced competition
WorldEmber awards ceremony
Feb: Unannounced flash challenge
Mar: Unannounced competition
WorldbuildingCon
World Anvil's Worldbuilding Awards (WAWA)
Apr: Adventure april
May: Unannounced competition
Jun: Summer Camp prep month
Jul: Summer Camp
Aug: Reading challenge
Flash challenge
Summer Camp Awards Ceremony
Sep: Unannounced competition
Oct: Spooktober
World Anvil Birthday Stream
Nov: WorldEmber prep month
Mapvember
Dec: WorldEmber
(These are my predictions based on previous schedules and should not be treated as official information!)


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5 Jan, 2023 21:02

Thank you! <3 Congratulations on getting to 10k despite all the stress and sickness and best wishes for your creative goals for the next year!

5 Jan, 2023 21:03

Thank youuuu!


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
6 Jan, 2023 01:18

Thank you for including me, love :) I hope you enjoyed my article!

6 Jan, 2023 14:04

I always do, handsome :D <3


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Jan, 2023 10:08

I'm thrilled to hear there's a possibility we'll see more TJ art this year! I hope the year turns out well!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
6 Jan, 2023 14:04

Thank youuuu! I hope your year goes really well, too :D


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
9 Jan, 2023 08:24

Even in reviews and updates your articles blow me away with your beauty! I hope you will accomplish a lot of tidying and shining, so that when I finally start getting into css, i have something to strive for (not that this isnt already the case!). Best of luck with your goals this year!

Yours truly, Nino.
Check out my world Tai'Sans Hearth if you want to ;)
9 Jan, 2023 08:27

Thank you so much! :D


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
9 Jan, 2023 15:17

Thank you for including me with such terrific and esteemed company--these are all fantastic reads!!! :D   You, and Melior, had a terrific 2022. Expanding out some areas and getting a lot of interlinking done--great stuff and things are taking shape and I see a bunch of it in close, close reach for your 2023 goals! I am really looking forward to more TJ blogs in particular, as you always have such thinkythinky insights to share that make my brain want to worldbuild more, every single time.   PS: You know I love Melior's extreme games for the value they bring to your Folks' lives, but Gauntlet! THAT was on another level.


You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
Luridity: Where love is love and life is lived. Contains NSFW content.
9 Jan, 2023 21:44

aaaaaaaa thank you so much Daniiiiiiii! <3


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
10 Jan, 2023 09:49

Some very nice picks here! Hope you manage to reach your goals and tidy stuff up :)!

Feel free to check out my WorldEmber 2022 page if you want to see what I am up to!
10 Jan, 2023 13:59

Thank youu! :D


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
15 Jan, 2023 18:21

Thank you so much TJ! I'm honored to be on this list :D And as always, you've absolutely nailed a clean layout and sparkling presentation. I enjoy reading your list of things learned from each article!


Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
16 Jan, 2023 09:35

Thanks Stormbril! :D


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
Latest Work:
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
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