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My WorldEmber Pledge 2022 - Homework 1

WorldEmber 2022 Prep Homework Week 1

Written by elfangor87

This is my first time participating in WorldEmber, although I have watched and enjoyed from the outside since 2019. My primary focus will be getting words down on the webpage, and worrying about making it pretty as I have the time and opportunity. As they say, "best" is the enemy of "good".
My second focus will be ensuring that I actually make my articles public. I struggle with feeling inadequate a lot, so opening my work up to general comment scares the crap out of me. I could disable comments and pretend nobody's looking at it, but without critique I will never improve. And so, with much trembling and worrying, I'm actually asking anyone who's interested to please read what I've worked out so far and let me know what you think. What did you like, and what doesn't really grab your attention? Is there something you would change? What questions do you have that I left unanswered? (I really want to know, despite what the voices in my head are saying!)
Finally, I need to make sure I prioritize my work. To do this, I plan to use a simple table and identify tasks to accomplish each week. Along one axis of my chart, I will have the level of importance an article has for the campaign I am writing. Along the other axis, I will scale how interested I am in writing about the topic. My intent is to ensure that I accomplish at least a few "important, but uninteresting" tasks each week, but also doing as many "important and interesting" tasks as I can. Occasionally, I may even be able to indulge in a few "unimportant, but interesting" articles.
    Important and Interesting       Unimportant, but Interesting  
    Important, but Uninteresting       Unimportant and Uninteresting  

WorldEmber Mission Statement

I will complete WorldEmber 2022 by writing at least 10,000 words of worldbuilding content in the world of Aedratha.  I will make my WorldEmber work available to the public, no matter how terrifying that may be, and in spite of the fact that it is still a work in progress.  I will strive for the 50,000 word goal, but I will not become discouraged should I fall short.  My work will bring enjoyment into other's lives, and so it has value.
1. If you have more than one world setting, which one is the most important to you right now? Why?   I only have one world I'm currently developing, but it is a massive world with lots of variation. Aedratha is a project I have had in mind and worked on for more than ten years, and will likely continue to be developed for the rest of my life.  
2. Which area of that world setting will allow you to achieve your goals?   Right now the areas most important to me are the Khomand League of Principalities and the Kingdom of Aedra. I'm focusing on these areas because I am writing a 5E campaign (for publication!) that is set in that part of the world.      
3. How will WorldEmber help you achieve those goals?   WorldEmber will allow me to collect all the scraps of notes and ideas I've collected up over the years and write them into cohesive, understandable articles about the world. Because of the limited time frame it presents, I will be forced to prioritize so I can focus on what's most important. I will also be able to ensure that everything written meshes well and carries the same tone, as I am effectively starting from scratch (with lots of previous notes and ideas).
In order to reach my 50K word goal, I will need to write 12,500 words each week. To make this possible:  

I will write five (5) articles of approximately 500 words every weekday, using Saturdays to catch up and leaving Sundays to rest.

  Am I crazy? Probably.

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18 Nov, 2022 01:30

Good Luck!

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
18 Nov, 2022 11:45

That's an interesting way of dividing up the worldbuilding you have to do. Considering what you want to write and what you need, and making sure its a good mix. Clever! I hope your worldember goes great, and you have a good time writing!

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