TJ's WorldEmber 2021 Pledge Document

WORLDEMBER IS HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I pledge to write a minimum of 10,000 new words of worldbuilding in Melior during WorldEmber 2021
— TJ, that "WorldEmber is coming" guy
 

Goals

Wordcount Goals

  • 10k words* - I aspire to reach the minimum wordcount completion goal for WorldEmber before the 24th so that I have plenty of time for writing extra words, polishing my articles, or making artwork and graphics
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  • 25k words* - This is the stretch goal that I will try to achieve by the end of the competition! I feel like it's achieveable if I schedule my time well and don't feel too stressed with burnout
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  • * For either of these milestones, I will aim to go OVER the wordcount by at least 3,000 words to account for the ridiculous amount of BBCode that gets included in my article wordcounts.

Personal Goals

  • STUB-B-GONE - Looking at my humungous pile of UnfinishedShitTM is daunting and I don't want this to happen again. This year I want to expand as many stubs as I can!
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  • Daily Routine - I want to continue my habit of worldbuilding every day by setting aside some time first thing in the morning to get my writing done! Once WorldEmber is over I'll be planning for next WorldEmber!! I'll continue this by polishing older articles or chipping away at answering my 400 prompts.
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  • Be proud of every creation - I am learning from my mistakes of rushing things and this year I am making sure that I am satisfied with each thing that I do in my worldbuilding.
 


Planning

Old Stubs & New Ideas

I made a planning tool in Google Sheets to help me sort out my jumbled ideas, give them priorities and also help me decide what to do next! So far I've added in my list of existing stubs and set a priority level for each of them so that I know what's the most important for me to create during WorldEmber this year.   I figured other folks here might find it useful too, so I made it available as a FREE (or pay what you want) resource that anyone can use!  
Grab your worldbuilding planner here (or click the pictures below)!
   
I am currently preparing lots of images for my world and have made SO MANY FLAGS for countries in Melior, and next on my list is some concept art for the different kinds of folks (species).
GOTTA GO SLOW!
I completed three writing sprints alongside Naelin as part of my preparation - my average writing speed seems to be about 18 words per minute when rambling a load of worldbuilding!
 


 
Are YOU ready for WorldEmber? What are your goals this year?
Link me your articleblock in the comments and I'll read your pledge document!
Interviewed by Garrett Lewis

TJ's Top Tips

  • If a picture is worth 1,000 words, why not get at least ten images ready to inspire your writing?
  • Answer ANY prompt in 300 words or more by writing 50 words for each question: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN, and HOW?
  • Keep your burnout in check and go at your own pace.
  • Only do what YOU want to do.
  • ONLY COMPETE WITH YOUR PAST SELF.


400 Inspiring Worldbuilding Prompts
Stuck for ideas, or prefer a prompt based challenge? Check out my list of 400 worldbuilding prompts (suitable for any genre)! It's free (or pay what you want), just name your price and grab your copy!   The prompts are all organised by World Anvil template, and I'll be using these to inspire my own worldbuilding when I get stuck about three days into WorldEmber xD
(Sneak peek of the style of country images I'm preparing!)
Isles of Agatal map image
Isles of Agatal, imperial projection by TJ Trewin

Comments

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Grandmaster KajetanWrites
Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
5 Nov, 2021 22:05

Good luck! Here is my pledge:

Worldember 2021 Pledge
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5 Nov, 2021 22:14

Fantastic! I can't wait to see your progress during WorldEmber :D


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5 Nov, 2021 22:50

Good luck for WorldEmber 2021 Melior.   Aemon

6 Nov, 2021 10:42

Thanks Aemon! Best of luck to you too :)


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
5 Nov, 2021 22:52

Eegh, I feel so underprepared. I just sort of have a general "focus on quality over quantity" and "finish those major unpublished articles" down, and a document with what the general categories I need to publish are (races, pantheons, histories, etc).   Good luck to you, though! The fact that an article as simple as this still looks this good if astounding.


The wisest person I know once called me a glorious pinnacle of human mediocrity. I feel this is more or less accurate.   (Ignore what my username says. I am far from grand, let alone a master).
6 Nov, 2021 10:43

Thanks so much! Those are some great goals to work on :D I look forward to seeing your progress


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
6 Nov, 2021 05:03

I really have no idea how to use this site yet. But I would love feedback. tps://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-starfire-quests-thenotebookwizard/a/worldember-2021-pledge-article

alan m rogers ~ the notebook wizard
6 Nov, 2021 10:48

Fantastic pledge, and ambitious too! There's no way I'd be brave enough to take on both NaNoWriMo and WorldEmber!   Looks like you've got plenty of ideas there ready to smash your goals :) Good luck!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
6 Nov, 2021 16:06

Thank you for the tips and all the great resources! I hope to chip at a few of your 400 prompts too this WE, let's see how it goes. Good luck!

8 Nov, 2021 17:15

You're welcome!! :D and thank you!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
6 Nov, 2021 20:26

I love how you were like "I love your island cutout thingies, can I do something similar?" then you proceeded to obliterate mine, quality-wise XD These blueprint-like maps look ASTOUNDING.   I hope we both have an amazing new WorldEmber <3  

8 Nov, 2021 17:15

Aaaaaaa thank youuuu! <3


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
8 Nov, 2021 13:09

I see that sneaky cheese. <3   Good luck with WorldEmber! I look forward to seeing what you create! :D

8 Nov, 2021 17:16

ALL THE CHEESE <3


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
9 Nov, 2021 20:41

Whoah, you got so many great tips and 400 world building prompts!! I'll definitely take a sneak peak at those. ^^   Best of luck on your world building journey during this World Ember! Let's smash our goals \o/

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10 Nov, 2021 13:33

Thank youuuu! Good luck :D


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Master StrubleBooks
M. R. Struble
11 Nov, 2021 18:56

Looks great I am sure you will build some amazingness!   My goal is just to have enough content to open my world to the public by Jan.. fingers crossed.. I just started WA in Oct so I have a lot of work ahead building things up still. The quality of your world has definitely been inspirational!! Keep up the amazing work.

M. R. Struble
12 Nov, 2021 12:08

Fantastic goal!! I look forward to seeing the big reveal :D Good luck during WorldEmber this year :)


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Master StrubleBooks
M. R. Struble
15 Nov, 2021 15:27

Thanks!!! This is the first public work I’ll be putting out so VERY nervous haha. It is very different from sharing your works with family/friends.. so here is to hoping it will be enjoyed! :)

M. R. Struble
13 Nov, 2021 01:27

D: Slow? You mean FAST! I got 4 wpm hahaha...I am loving the new country map preview, and I can't wait to see what the next 10 thousand words of Melior have in store for us! 18 days...tick tock, come onnnn clock!!


You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
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14 Nov, 2021 17:48

Sooooooooooooon!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
17 Nov, 2021 07:22

You know, I clicked on the link for the "free list of 400 worldbuilding prompts" you present, but instead of being able to get them for "free," the website prompted me "pay" for them instead when I clicked on the "I want this" button. This feels disappointing and a bit misleading.

"We're all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we've been and choose who we want to be next. We can evolve."
17 Nov, 2021 15:00

Hey thanks for the comment! It's still free, all you need to do is put 0 in the box :)   The number there is only a suggested price, and the product always displays at 0 on the main store page :D   Let me know if you need a hand with anything, and good luck with WorldEmber this year!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
17 Nov, 2021 23:04

Thanks for the help. Perhaps adding in that information in the sidebar would be a little more helpful next time, for other people like me who get confused.

"We're all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we've been and choose who we want to be next. We can evolve."
18 Nov, 2021 09:22

Added! Thanks for your feedback and suggestion! :D


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
17 Nov, 2021 19:43

The tool you made looks cool! I'll try it :D   Here's my pledge, and good luck with WorldEmber!

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WorldEmber 2021 Pledge Document

Consider checking out my worlds if you want :D
Terraloga | Confederate States of Earth | The Exotic Program
17 Nov, 2021 20:18

Excellent!! That cover image is fantastic too :D good luck with your goals!!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
18 Nov, 2021 11:42

Awesome pledge! I’ll be sure to check out your helpful downloads later. Happy to share my pledge as well! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/octopolis-vwilliamsauthor/a/worldember-pledge-2021-article

18 Nov, 2021 23:36

Brilliant!!


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Sage SailingOcelot
Sailing Ocelot
22 Nov, 2021 13:44

My favourite goal of yours is ** 'Be proud of every creation'. ** Absolutely. You put in so much effort into Worldember, it is also important to be proud of these efforts and recognise your own hard work!

~~~~~~~~ SailingOcelot
23 Nov, 2021 13:15

Thanks so much!!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
28 Nov, 2021 22:00

Good luck for WorldEmber Melior !!! . Hope you have fun writing your articles !!! . This would be my first WorldEmber!. Here is my pledge:

Worldember 2021 Pledge
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29 Nov, 2021 13:11

Thanks so much!! Your pledge is awesome, have fun in your first WorldEmber! :D


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
30 Nov, 2021 17:20

Thank you for the World Builing Planner and I really appreciate your Top Tips. I have never done writing prompts before.

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