Summer Camp 2021 Pledge Document
31 prompts, 31 days? What could possibly go wrong?Summer Camp 2020 was my first event here on World Anvil. I joined the site in the midst of the preparation month and got swept up in the hype. I haven't looked back since. A year has passed, and we're now preparing for Summer Camp 2021. I can't wait to get started. :)
A big thanks to TJ for the inspiration!
Reflecting On Summer Camp 2020Whilst Summer Camp 2020 was a great success for me in many ways, I experienced massive burn out afterwards. I don't think I touched worldbuilding or writing for over a month. This is something I really would like to avoid this time, if possible.
Things that went well:
- Community Spirit
I met so many wonderful people in the Discord, and by reading and commenting on people's worlds. I loved hanging around and watching Summer Camp streams too. The community remains one of my favourite parts of World Anvil, and that all started for me during Summer Camp 2020.
The majority of the prompts in 2020 forced me to think about aspects of Etrea that I'd never thought about before. I like to think that my world has grown richer as a result
I managed to complete all 33 prompts in 2020 for the Diamond Summer Camp badge. Reaching this goal was such a boost to my happiness. :)
Things that didn't go so well:
- Reading and Commenting
This probably sounds like a bit of a weird one, but... at some points in Summer Camp 2020, I was reading and commenting on upwards of forty articles a day. Though I love reading and commenting, this is not sustainable for mental and physical health. I still plan on reading and commenting on a lot of articles - but this time, I'll listen to my body when it's too much.
- Linking and Tags
I was new to World Anvil and didn't understand much about linking articles or tagging them, so none of my articles had links, tags, or stubs. I had to go back in later and add these things, which created a lot of extra work than if I had done it in the first place.
Which project is your worldbuilding efforts tied to?The project I am currently worldbuilding for is a fantasy novel called Son of Flames, the first book in a fantasy trilogy. The original novel was written as part of my PhD. Son of Flames is the story of Farrow Hargrove, a young nobleman who is betrothed to the Seruic crown prince. At the New Year's Eve ball, Farrow's first event as the future queen, the King is assassinated and Farrow, the prince, and a few of their allies must go on the run. Whilst they fight to survive against the wilderness and people who want them dead, Farrow must learn to navigate relationships and life in a world where everyone sees him as a woman.
What world are you working on?My one and only world, Etrea.
Which areas of the world are you working on?My worldbuilding is going to be focused on the continent of Caia, particularly in the country of Serukis where Son of Flames is set. I will also be doing a little worldbuilding in the country of Eshua, as that is where the group are fleeing towards.
How much are you aiming to complete?I'm aiming for all 31 prompts this year. I managed the diamond badge last year, and I want to go for it again this year.
When will you write?In an ideal world, all day. Realistically, probably late at night after I have been procrastinating all day. I'm going to try not to procrastinate and get my writing done during the day, though.
Who is your support network?My amazing World Anvil family (you know who you are) and friends, and the rest of the community in Discord. I'll be hanging out for a week at Caitlin Phillips's house too! Also my wife will pretend to care.
My Worldbuilding Summer Camp 2021 Pledge:
I, Emy, pledge to take part in Summer Camp and will complete all the prompts. All of them. However, I will also do my best to protect myself from burnout this year.