Summer Camp 2019 Journal

Hello everyone!
  It's that magical time of year again: Summer Camp! Last year was a very good one for me and one which I broke a year long writer's block by diving right into Summer Camp. I had no idea what I was doing, no plans, no preparation and not really any world to speak of besides a high concept scrawled on a forgotten notepad. This year is going to be pretty different! Araea is now up to 180k world long and many of its foundations are, no pun intended, set into stone.   Last year, my goal was to prove to myself that I could do it: that I could complete 30 prompts of writing and hopefully have something half-way decent. Mission accomplished! Even if the last few prompts really dragged out! This year, my goals are:   1. To focus on a singular part of Araea and bring it up a level. For this, I'm going to go with the land around Dhanû, in the Sheoin Region.   2. To keep better track of my writing process and try to really hone in on what works and doesn't work for me.   3. And to keep encouraging, sharing, feedbacking and commenting other people's stuff. Last years summer camp was a revelation for me and if any writer was where I was, I would like to pay it forward and help them as it helped me.     I'm going to accomplish this by updating this and other articles with my thoughts and my process for making them work as I go through Summer Camp, sharing articles both here, there and on Discord. Once the Article Critique channel comes back, expect to see me there. All the time. Like a wraith hovering over a cursed doll.   I'm also going to try and keep better track of all my articles, worlds to follow and overall shenanigans here in this one place. Much like I did for WorldEmber! But hopefully with less mania. If you want to be featured here, send me a blocklink to an article type similar to this one!   Last of all: as a challenge to myself, I am going to try and reach 300 followers for my world. It's about 299 more than I ever expected to have, so I will be content no matter what I have. If you want to support my journey of writing, please consider reading, liking and commenting on the work I do. I have Ko-Fi, but eh.   Every comment and follow and everything, I appreciate it all greatly. After dreaming of being a writer for so long, I'm finally starting to feel like one, thanks to all your wonderful support. <3  
And because I'm insane, I'll try to do as many of the prompts as I can for another world of mine, the Megacorpolis. Check it out!

The Prompts:


Describe a physical condition associated with old age in your world.

Sponge Bone
Condition | Jul 13, 2019

Bone isn't supposed to bend like that.

Write about a mental illness in your world and how people respond to this.

Becoming the Mask
Condition | Jun 27, 2020

When is the Mask no longer something you wear but something you become?

Describe the culinary traditions that are unique to an ethnicity in your world.

Dhanû Feast
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 16, 2019

Drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may be dead!


Write about a popular card, dice or board game in your world and how it is played.

Thunk - Skipping Stones
Tradition / Ritual | Aug 22, 2020

A game of pebbles

Describe the functions of a vehicle used for military practices or conflicts.

Battle Barge
Vehicle | Jul 25, 2019

Ramshackle vessels that cross the subterranean seas.


Tips & Tricks for Summer Camp

  Having done this once, here are some tips that I found really helped me during summer camp.    

Think Outside The Box

  Don't get bogged down by prompts you think there's no solution to. There is - you just have to make them work for you. There's no countries in your setting? Well, what's the equivalent? Are there any mad prophets who think they run one, but just sit on a heap of trash and are worshiped by cockroaches?    

Embrace the Challenge

  In the same vein as the previous: some prompts will leave you initially stumped. Give it time. These challenges are what helps us grow as writers. Some of the most difficult prompts from last year are some of the work I ended up most proud of. We don't improve from easy tasks.    

Stay Hydrated!

  Remember to drink water!    

Focus Time

  I am addicted to Discord and the community there. Just ask anyone from last year. But it is important to know when you feel like you need to hunker down and write. Set time aside for writing: turn off Discord, turn off music with lyrics, turn off youtube and facebook and just start writing. Try to identify what prevents you from doing so and learn to avoid it. For me, it's youtube and discord.    

Have Fun!


Take Breaks

  Every couple of hours or so, get up and move around. Exercise for 5 minutes. Take a quick walk. It can do wonders for your energy level.    

Support Others

  While there are prizes and raffles and leaderboards, we're in this together. The real prize is improving your writing and expanding your world. Support your fellow writers, whether by leaving likes and comments or encouraging them when they are flagging on Discord. World Anvil has an amazing community - be part of it! You won't regret it! :D

Worlds To Follow

  By Sai,
Directive: Summer Camp 2019
Generic article | Jul 29, 2019

aka Summer Camp - Iteration 2.0

  By Spartango
War of Crowns
Tradition / Ritual | Jun 29, 2020

A game of strategy for the most civilized of people.

  By Etalia,
Long-tailed Camel
Species | Jul 3, 2019
  Ecosys, by Heffe
Summer Camp 2019
Generic article | Jun 26, 2019

The main page for the collection of articles for my first World Anvil Summer Camp.

  By Annyshay
Journal for Summer Camp 2019
Generic article | Jul 25, 2019
  By Isaac Thompson
Summer Camp 2019
Generic article | Nov 22, 2022
  By Elizabeth
Summer Camp 2019 Journal
Generic article | Jul 11, 2019

30 Prompts in 30 Days

  By Timepool     By BK Bass
The Aillaisian Marshlands
Geographic Location | Jul 2, 2019

In the central plains of Chisolm runs the Cadeuvie river, which branches as it runs through the plains creating a lush marshland.

  By Storm
The Threads of Magic - Summer Camp 2019 Journal
Generic article | Aug 1, 2019

The Feywild is a place of extremes fueled by magic. It is a land of contradictions, bright and yet dark, beautiful yet deadly, and full of endless wonder. The laws of science, logic, and reason defer to the arts of magic, story, and rhyme.

  By Dhelian
WASC 2019 Journal
Generic article | Jul 8, 2019
  By Stormbril
Summer Camp 2019
Generic article | Aug 20, 2019

My list of plans for SC2019 - and complete list of completed articles for SC2019! Also featuring a collection of highlighted community articles.

  By Ninne
Summer Camp 2019: Summary
Generic article | Jul 18, 2019

It's that wonderful time of year again! Summer Camp here we go :D - Ninne124

Cover image: by Rock


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