TJ's WorldEmber 2020 Plan for Success

This is a temporary article for the WorldEmber 2020 prep homework!

My worldbuilding workspace

by TJ's desk

Key Components:

  • Cup of tea. This is always at the top of the list.
  • Removed distractions. Phone out of view, Discord will be closed properly when writing
  • 60min timer (visual) - red thingy shows the passing of time and I need that pressure to squeeze the words out of me
  • Maps on desktop background! If I need to check the name of a place really quickly I just move my cursor to the bottom right to hide my windows for a sec so I can see it (check out those maps on World Anvil by visiting my world's homepage!)
  • sticky notes & notebooks - for scribbled ideas, drawings, emblems, sketches, designs, icons, scary monsters, sexy monsters, and mumbo jumbo that needs refining. Also known as brain-dump books.
  • whiteboard - for all the stuff I still need to do for converitng my world into a playable setting using the Ethnis Lite RPG toolkit
  • speakers/music - when I'm worldbuilding I tend to have my curated instrumental playlist going (check it out in the sidebar & hit shuffle!) - it's all inspired by my world :D
  This was my desk back in the summer! I don't like having my window open because it gets too noisy... It was fun to draw this 360 view though! I should do more of these (this uses the Kuula bbcode embed tag btw)    

Click & drag to explore!

Word Sprints & Speed

Sprint 1: 856 in 30 mins
Sprint 2: 800 in 30 mins
Sprint 3: 922 in 30 mins
Sprint 4: 845 in 30 mins
  Total: 3423 in 120 mins (average of 28.52 words per minute)   10000/28.5 = 350mins = estimated minimum of 5.84 hrs of writing for me to complete WorldEmber   I feel pretty confident in this! I'd like to finish early so that I can go at a more relaxed pace throughout the month whilst juggling my freelance work and festivities.

List of ideas:

Check out my previous article where I've planned out all of the ideas I'll be expanding during WorldEmber this year!  
WorldEmber 2020 Pledge Document
Generic article | Nov 5, 2021
  This is what my whiteboard scribbles are referencing! I'm making my world playable as an Ethnis Lite RPG setting :)  
E.Lite RPG
Generic article | Apr 25, 2022

Melior playlist

Instrumental music that fits my world  


Here's where you can find me during WorldEmber, come and join (tell 'em TJ sent you!)

Cover image: by TJ Trewin


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29 Nov, 2020 02:56

Are you kiiiiiiding me? That 360° view is amazing! And I love the way you arranged everything!   I wish you a smooth ride for WorldEmber, and thanks for your, eh, huge contribution to the community's hype!

29 Nov, 2020 09:54


Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
I also make worldbuilding resources!
Sage Rynn19
Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
29 Nov, 2020 10:31

TJ, why do you have to make every page so perfect? :P Seriously though, I love the 360° view. Now I finally know you got a monster in your room! I also love your beautiful maps.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
29 Nov, 2020 11:11

thank youuu! :D

Creator of the dark fantasy world of Melior
I also make worldbuilding resources!
Grandmaster Teyvill
Andrew Belenkiy
30 Nov, 2020 18:47

Woah. I gotta learn how to do these 360-degree overviews. Awesome! ;)

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