SummerCamp 2019: Homework 1

Summer Camp is a marathon, and all marathons need some planning. They get you motivated and ready to go right out of the gate. Give us a WA article that summarizes what you want to cover in Summer Camp.  
— SC19 1st Homework Prompt
  I had a great time with the World Anvil Summer Camp in 2018. I also didn't really have any idea what I was doing.   Last year, I joined the Summer Camp as a challenge to myself to see what I could do with it. It was a few days in, so I had to catch up but as I had no real expectations or anything so I just went with it. It took me a few days to write the first article, which was From the Heavens, to the Far Deep. It was a process of discovery for me, both in terms of writing and in general. It was fun!   And if it ain't broke, don't fix it.   I'm going to have a similar process for SC19, without the slow start (hopefully!). I'm going to wait until the prompts are revealed and then go from there. I find Discovery writing to be really fun and although it can lead to some scatterbrained disconnects sometimes, it wasn't anything I couldn't fix for Araea. I found it was helpful and rewarding to tie the different prompts together as much as possible (indeed; my last prompt written had a reference to 29 out of the 30 prompts! :D ) so I'm going to just go with the flow.   Depending on what the prompts are, I am either going to focus on a particular area of one of my worlds and use the prompts for that or use them to create the foundation for a new (or currently underdeveloped) world.   That said, here are some of my overall goals and thoughts on Summer Camp 2019.    


  At the time of SC2018, I hadn't really done any in-depth fiction writing for years. At most, I'd created custom Charms and magic items for Exalted, and some for D&D, but nothing substantial. My decision to take part in Summer Camp last year was to challenge myself so I'm going to make that a feature of this year's camp too.   Goals:   I'm going to try to identify and improve the process of writing, both planned and discovery.   I'm going to try and follow the prompt order, writing at least one per day!   I am going to have a great time.


  A very large part of what made SC2018 so special for me was the community. It was the first time I really shared my writing with a larger audience of strangers. I ended up taking out my vacation and spent most of it hanging out on discord, commenting and feedbacking and encouraging. It is my goal to do the same this year!   Goals:   I'm going to try and give feedback every day.   I'm going to try to pay it forward and make first-time sharers feel as welcomed as I did   I'm going to do my damnedest to make sure y'all have a great time, too.


  I'm going to have a lot of fun and do a ton of writing. :D       I'm probably going to track my progress with a journal article, like I did during World Ember. Stay tuned!

Towards the end of SC2018, I wrote a bit of a retrospective about my thoughts and processes. It's rushed and not really finished, but if you're interested in seeing what went on behind the scenes.. Here you go!  
Summer Camp 2018 Retrospective
Generic article | Jun 4, 2019
  It's a bit rough, but there it is.

Cover image: by Milladamen


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