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Reading Challenge August 2022

I read! I do, really. Mostly when prompted to do so by a challenge like this because otherwise who has time? (People who make time to learn, that's who.) But I read nine articles (plus a couple more because just going with the first nine random articles is a good way to end up with spam and I didn't want that so I read a couple more to pick my favorites).   I chose the prompts because they went with articles that I wrote that were my favorites, and they all happened to be for the same world. Not this world, but I made the article before I made my selection and I didn't want to change it. So here we are. Each article was part of a small pool selected for interesting titles (always an important element), and then narrowed down to three that I enjoyed.  

"A Tradition or Ceremony Which Confers an Honor On Someone"

    Becoming Elite In Less Than a Year (by Wordigirl): First of all, the fact that the pop-up for Someone Elsewood (the very first words in the article) only shows "Names are unimportant" is really eye catching. This article is lovely, and there's lots to learn from it. The main point I gathered is the links in an article are important. They draw people into the world, give little interesting tidbits, and can help clear up confusion if an article is a little vague.   Altarian Cloaking and Pre-Crowning Ceremony (by tecknarages): Nice short article. This one caught my eye for its use of components and tools. It's kind of in the name and everything. It wasn't a long section, but it had good details and was clear. It's a rare ceremony or tradition that doesn't include some kind of object, and it was a good reminder to make full, clear use of those items.   Mun Clergy Dedication (by barriesaxxy): An interesting ritual with a good summary. What caught my eye about this one was the sidebar (which I should make more use of myself), but mainly the contents of that sidebar. Lots of details about imagery and the meaning behind some of the elements of the ceremony. Important cultural details that really gave the whole article more depth.    

"A Species Considered Monstrous By Some"

    Mute Drake (by malkuthe): Has some fun details in the reproduction section, but what caught my eye was the introductory paragraph, which states quickly and easily what the article is about and what kind of species this is going to be. Of the three articles I read before this, this was the first one to actually let me know what sort of article this was, in terms of theme and basic details. It doesn't have to give everything away, but it needs to let you know enough to see if you'd be interested in continuing.   Therianthrope (by Maltacrai): First of all, amazing quote to start this one. The point that I learned from, however, was the subspecies. Not every type of creature needs its own article. Sometimes you can combine them all and have all the information in one place, easy to compare and contrast. Even if they do later get their own articles, it's still a good idea to have an aggregate.   Bakku-Hon (by TinkerTech): Nice article that again starts out by pointing out the basic tone and content of the article, good to see. This one reminded me more of the importance of adding a little history. Having the details of why something is the way it is can be so important. Plus, it's like a little story within a story, and we wouldn't be on World Anvil if we weren't storytellers.    

"An Organization Associated With Government, Leadership, or Change"

    The Sejm of Karanya (by IndigoChronicler): Nicely structure court. This one started with notes about the real-world cultures that inspired the different kingdoms of this world. A nice reminder that we should write what we know. That there is nothing truly new, and taking advantage of the real information we have can really help shape our fictional worlds and make them better.   Brothers and Sisters of the Eight (by): A good article with a few layers to its organizational structure, which got me thinking about hierarchies and how important they are. Having organizations within organizations, having more specialized members, all good things. There's also value in having levels to a group, having an internal organizing principle, especially one based on having different skills. That can make it easier to figure out what a character would be capable of, by fitting them into the organization.   Sunnin Social System (by): Great article with a ton of historical details to it. What made me think were all the details about the money the organization received and how it used it and things like that. Most organizations need funds, and writing about how it deals with money and what they use it for and where they get it from can be important details.    

Finally...

  That's what I read, that's what I learned, and it was some interesting things. Every time I do these challenges I forget until the last couple of article reads that I'm meant to be learning about world building and not just how to better format and polish my articles, but it's still all knowledge, right?   Anyhow, these are some great articles and you should check them out.   This challenge hasn't really changed my goals. At this point I have a fairly long list of things that I want to write about, as well as notes from stories I've written. And a campaign session I need to prep for. One thing that has gone way up the list is organizing my articles. I try to keep them neat and then halfway through July I lose track and now I need to sort through what I wrote before it's complete chaos.

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Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
30 Aug, 2022 14:27

Thanks for featuring my article! I'm glad you got a kick out of Someone Elsewood XD He's quite the crazy character. <3 God bless and much success with your future plans. :)

Be exuberantly blessed. Much success!!! maybe click here, I guess...