Summer Camp 2024 | E. Christopher Clark

Summer Camp 2024

The 2024 edition of World Anvil’s annual Worldbuilding Summer Camp begins on June 29. It’s my favorite commuinity event of the year, and I’m here to speak briefly about what I hope to accomplish during this month-long celebration of worldbuilding.

 

In case you’re not familiar, Summer Camp is where World Anvil challenges writers, gamemasters, and other creative types to respond to a series of prompts release throughout the month.

 

This year, despite the fact that I’ve just started a new job, I aim to once again go for the Diamond badge. In a time of transition, I need the familiarity of Summer Camp to help anchor me.

 
 

Prep Month

Week One: Organize Thyself

As was the case last year, the folks at Anvil HQ are giving us homework during the month of June to help get ready for the big push in July. They’ve also decided, once again, to tease us with overarching themes that the prompts will be organized into.

 

The first theme revealed is “change,” which feels really relevant to me right now. I can’t wait to see what kinds of questions they ask us about our worlds. But in the meantime…

 

Homework Assignment 1

Consider what kind of changes would fit in with your world’s themes, genre, and other foundational points.
 

The main focus of my worldbuilding continues to be the backstory for my comic book series, The Blood of Seven Queens. And given that all good stories are about a disruption in the status quo—a change, if you will—I should have no shortage of avenues to explore.

 

There are technological and societal changes happening all throughout Eden during the time period I’m writing about. In the south, the part of the world that will eventually come to be known as Wonderland, the forces of magic and technology are butting heads. The speciesist old timers are losing power to the more tolerant and open-minded next generation. And there is a movement underway to unite the seven disparate kingdoms of the region into one united country.

 

Homework Assignment 2

Decide how many prompts you'll go for during Summer Camp.

As I mentioned above, I’m going for the Diamond badge. I’ll respond to every prompt they give me. That’s just how I roll.

 

Homework Assignment 3

Get your categories and tags organized!

My categorization system is looking and feeling pretty good after working on it prior to each of the last few WA events. Tags, however, are another story. I still don’t really know how I want to use them. And given that a lot of my brainpower this week has been dedicated to starting my new job, I’m going to plead for an extension here.

 

I promise I will figure out my tagging strategy eventually.

 

Homework Assignment 4

Take a look at your meta, primer, and any other high-level document and update it according to the current state of your world.

It’s getting late in the evening on the only day I have to work on this, so I took a quick look and made some minor changes. I was pleased that the Meta is still in pretty good shape from the last time I overhauled it.

 

 

Week Two: Style Thyself

The second theme of 2024’s Summer Camp will be “refuge,” and I’ve got to say that this one hit me right in the feels. Reading the words “it can also be anything that keeps you safe or comforts you” got me thinking about how very little in my life comforts me, about how I have such a hard time getting comfortable and relaxing.

 

And as for places where I feel safe… that list is incredibly short. In fact, most days it feels like it’s empty.

 

Good thing I’m working on a fictional world and not a nonfictional one, huh?

 

Homework Assignment 1

Consider what kinds of refuge would fit in with your world's themes, genre, and other foundational points.

Because conflict is at the heart of fiction, I’ll confess that I often give very little thought to where my characters can find peace and quiet—unless it’s to figure out how to destroy those places and propel my protagonists forward on their journey.

Some of the first things that came to mind are things I’ve already written about (the traveling improv comedy troupe performing Bards, for instance). I did give some thought to my heroine’s home, where she doesn’t actually spend much time in the story, but which could be an interesting place to write about. But beyond that, I’m stumped on this one at the moment.

 

Homework Assignment 2

Find a community—whether that’s our Discord server, Facebook Group, your RPG or friend group, or something else.

It’s sad for me to realize that the one community I had left online that I actively participated in is now gone. I had to shut down my lunchbreak Twitch stream when I started my new job, which has me in the office and not working from home. Without that, and with very little time to find a new community, I feel increasingly isolated as a writer and worldbuilder.

That said, there are folks who seem to always show up in my comments during Summer Camp and I feel quite certain they will carry me through the event. I just have to make sure to show up for them, too.

 

Homework Assignment 3 & 4

Find ways to improve styling and layout in your world!
If you’re a CSS wizard, maybe take the time now to give it a polish!

Not that I’m typically one for resting on one’s laurels, but my world was one of five finalists for the Worldbuilding Award for Best World. And given that time is limited for me right now, I’m going to give myself a pass on these two assignments.

Who?
The Ever-Loving ECC
 
What?
Summer Camp 2024
 
When?
June 29–August 3, 2024
 
Where?
I will write them here and there. Say! I will write them anywhere!
 
Wherefore?
Seriously, are you Romeo? Like, if you are then just own it!
How?
With the top pulled down and the radio on.

Comments

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Jun 6, 2024 01:57

Looking forward to some of your always entertaining articles. Lets go Diamond!

Feel free to stop by some of my WorldEmber articles if you want. My favorites are The Book of the Unquiet Dead, Outpost of the Moons, and The Emerald Hills. Feedback is always appreciated.
Jun 7, 2024 00:44 by E. Christopher Clark

Aw, thanks! It's always good to hear that I'm entertaining folks. Can't wait to see what we ALL come up with.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jun 16, 2024 03:24

The loss of time with the community is definitely something I am also feeling this year. But despite scheduling issues this community is still here for you and will definitely be reading your stuff.

Feel free to stop by some of my WorldEmber articles if you want. My favorites are The Book of the Unquiet Dead, Outpost of the Moons, and The Emerald Hills. Feedback is always appreciated.
Jun 6, 2024 04:02 by Chris L

As always, looking forward to fun and shenanigans!! Do glad you found a new job, good luck and I miss hanging out, but I understand!!!


Learn about the World of Wizard's Peak and check out my award winning article about the Ghost Boy of Kirinal!

Jun 7, 2024 00:45 by E. Christopher Clark

Shenanigans in 3, 2, 1…

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jun 9, 2024 18:00 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Good luck with both Summer Camp and your new job! :D Looking forward to reading some new stuff!

Jun 10, 2024 02:01 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you. Your support always makes Summer Camp a wonderful time.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jun 11, 2024 17:36 by Benard Calvin "Hunter" Hendrick VIII

Wishing you and yours a Very Merry, Holly Jolly Christmas!!!   The first and Cardinal Rule of Christmas: To give to others so that Christmas Spirit may multiply. So, I give you Hope. That which we need to catapult forward so that our Hearts can love and give. May Summer Camp go well for you! - Christwriter

Jun 15, 2024 13:11 by E. Christopher Clark

Christmas in July? I dig it! And thanks for the support.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jun 15, 2024 00:46 by Tlcassis Polgara | Arrhynsia

I've always thoroughly enjoyed your work. If you want an encouraging word through this Summer Camp I would be happy to be a sounding board and encourager. Just DM me!

Follow my worlds: Arrhynsia and Compendium and check out my author website at tlcassis.com to see my latest work!
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