WorldEmber 2023 Homework in Vnou | World Anvil

WorldEmber 2023 Homework

This is a WIP
There will be content here in the future. This article was created as a placeholder and referenced in another. While there is nothing here at the moment, there will be content eventually. <3

Week 1 Homework

I decided to work on Vnou, with a focus on creating more of the character's stories in specific, since it's a world that I both love and find easy to write in. After NaNo I want something that is easier for me. And while I have spent a lot of time on the various families, or at least working on defining some of them, I want to get into more details with the families. Giving myself a higher word count, I'm hoping to actually write with this challenge too, not just craft the characters and their information. I'm not intending on trying to write out a full novel but I do like writing little snippets and small shorts with the various characters I make and I think it helps flesh out the world and the characters in specific. If I can thread some of the things together in some sort of cohesive timeline for any character in particular, all the better.

Week 3

The vnou homepage needs a lot of love. I've never been the sort to advertise or summarize things very well, so I never really know what to say beyond "look at this thing I have done". And I'm self conscious enough to think that it's only for me anyway, so what should it matter? At base, vnou is for me. I could likely spiffy up the homepage because it deserves something that is as pretty as the vnou are in general I'll just need to figure out how to structure it in a way that makes sense.

Week 2 Homework


While tackling the characters of an entire world might seem like a rather large scope, characters in and of themselves is actually one of the easier things for me so it doesn't feel like a daunting task at all. Fleshing them out and adding to their histories, their lives, etc is going to be time consuming and a creative endeavor, but I don't foresee it being difficult, thus the perceived broad scope is more a tiny portion of the vnou world as a whole.  

Themes / Mood

Vnou is built on the back of a theme that strings through a lot of my writings - that of a relationship and power dynamic between something that is supremely powerful and something that is ultimately submissive. What that means for each character and each relationship, how that affects the world around them, and how that might change depending on the setting with a bit of magic and manipulation involved is the real fun for me. While there have been a lot of my settings that grant characters a lot more freedom and agency, vnou does not. People are born into the roles they have and there is very little mobility - but the rigidity of the world makes it all the more fun to see how someone might supplant expectations.   I also toy heavily with the idea of a secretive or shadow world beyond the one that is perceived or known. The vast majority of the vnou world seems to function similar to our own, in which I usually refer to it as earth au. That gives the vnou world a generally bright shine until you start looking behind the scenes or catch glimpses of things that don't seem right. Because they really aren't. It's the idea of how messed up the world really could be when the vast majority of things are manipulated and manufactured to be that way.  

Goals / Inspiration

Though the noble vnou are a small portion of the over all vnou world, they have always been my primary focus. Fleshing out this shadow-ruling class has been my goal and eventually crafting enough of a timeline to write out their stories would be the ultimate goal. At base, my inspiration for the vnou was the Calluvia's Royalty series by Alessandra Hazard. The first book is a rough introduction to the actual meat of the Royalty and what sparked my love, and thus creation of, the vnou. As well as a hefty adaptation of a scifi race I had attempted to make some years ago that happened to be quite ruthless. Dabbling through the Vnou's history, they've maintained that merciless behavior.


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Nov 4, 2023 13:01 by Annie Stein

Wishing you the best of luck! It's kinda wild to me that 25k is an easier time, but hey, if you can do a nano you're one helluva writer already! Hope you have a blast!

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Nov 17, 2023 21:48

Appreciate the well wishes. I waffled on a higher count but I'm not trying to put too much pressure on myself. <3 Good luck to you, too! We'll have to support one another through it. Some days be better than others!

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Nov 5, 2023 16:23 by Elspeth

Good luck with your writing. I like that you're planning to use it for write as well as crafting characters etc. I hope you have a great WorldEmber.

Nov 17, 2023 21:50

Thank you <3 It's why I gave myself a higher word count - in the hopes it'd kick me into writing more. We'll see how it goes. Good luck on your own, too. Your prep page is gorgeous, btw !

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Nov 18, 2023 09:01 by Elspeth

Thank you! That's so kind! It always feels very messy when I'm building it. Your prep page is beautiful too. I love the choice of fonts and your background is lovely. Setting the higher word count is smart. Happy to help with any motivation if you need it! :)

Nov 6, 2023 20:32

Characters are probably the best thing to write. Characters your readers can relate to, and share experiences with. God bless, and I wish you all the good will in the world for WorldEmber 2023!

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Nov 17, 2023 21:52

25k buddies! I wish you the best of luck in yours, too! Great way to kick ourselves into writing, hopefully. <3

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Nov 18, 2023 21:44 by Nimin N

I'm super excited for more Vnou content! Hope you have a great time, and good luck with your pledge goal. :)