WorldEmber is a month-long community event that takes place every December here on World Anvil. The goal is to write at least 10,000 words in new worldbuilding articles. November's prep is below, and December's articles below that. Click to skip to the articles
Week 1: Pledge
The city of Galendra lies smoldering in the aftermath of the last year. Gangs maintain a temporary truce, aiding in clearing rubble and rebuilding with supplies are flown in from covert sources. But how did we get here?
Word Count GoalI've done 50k for NaNoWriMo, and did 26k this Summer Camp, but I don't expect to have the energy for lofty number this December. As such, my starting goal is "just" 10,000 .
Area of FocusThe Gal Pals campaign lasted close to two years, taking place primarily within Nisora's largest city. Much of the world was built - and destroyed - in that time, but I've barely written about any of it. For WorldEmber, I'm writing about a lawless planet, its gangs and their leaders, secrets and political intrigue, and the people willing to risk their lives to preserve their riotous way of life.
Week 2: Organizing
Mini-MetaI'd written mini-metas for Nisora and other planets the day before this homework was released. Imagine my surprise to see I'd pre-empted the week's homework. Meta Info Here
- Convey the vibe
- List key themes and goals
- Hint at potential plot hooks
Category StructureAll planets have the same four sub-categories, but Nisora's focus on factions necessitated additional sub-categories under a couple to limit how many articles they contain.
- Keep the same 4 base categories
- Minimize category nesting
- Have 3-10 articles per category
InspirationI often struggle to list sources of inspiration. Innumerable experiences combine to form what I create, and I can't pinpoint exactly what helped me make certain connections. When it comes to writing for World Anvil, I find bits of inspiration everywhere. But there are three worlds in particular that each inspire an aspect of my worldbuilding philosophy:
Give SpaceAnnie Stein & skairunner remind me to give words space on the screen & mind space to imagine.
Be ImmersedNimin N reminds me to let myself become part of the world I'm building and ones I'm reading.
Find JoyMochi reminds me to always love what I create and find happiness in the process of creating it.
Week 3: HomepageAnother assignment I've somewhat pre-empted -- as part of my new CSS theme, I reworked some of my homepage. I have it broken into three sections that offer less and less guidance the farther you scroll down the page.
Week 4: Writing PlanThis homework is technically "last-minute prep", but seeing as I already write near-daily... there aren't any preparations I need to make for a month of writing. So I've rebranded it as Writing Plan. Knowing no plan survives contact with the enemy. I entered all Gal Pals-related articles into kumu.io and created a relationship diagram of key connections, priority, article type, and status. Long-term, I want to turn all pink nodes blue. For December, I'm going to work through the higher-priority articles in story order, starting at the beginning of the campaign and seeing how far I get.
Word Count Progress
WorldEmber Progress Bar
21,048 / 10,000
HomeworkWord count goal
Area of focus
Define a plan
Cozy Cottage Enclave
Worldember 2023 - Cozy Cottage Enclave
Cozy Cottage Enclave badge by Rin Garnett
The cozy cottage is a quiet place of respite, where we can listen to the crackling flames while wrapped in a blanket and sipping hot cocoa. To enter, you must take the oath:
- I will stop to stoke the fire when it dwindles. No matter the task, rest when you are tired and for as long as you need to feel rejuvenated.
- I won't force the fire to fit a different stove. Your pledge is a goal, not a requirement. Your plans are inspiration, not a map.
- I will follow sparks of joy, not chase dying embers. Write and read what makes you happy, and don't force yourself forward if you're not having fun.
- My flame is beautiful and undying. Believe in yourself and your ability to create, including when it's a struggle.
- I will tend to all flames under my care. Working toward non-Worldember goals does not detract from your success, but adds to it.
Staying FocusedI use Abbie Emmons' Immersive Writing Sessions and spend each 25-minute sprint on a different phase of article writing. I move on to the next phase even if I'm not done the prior one yet to keep from getting stuck on tricky parts.
Sprint 1: Outline
Define the narrative for the article and list out the key points that support it.
Sprint 2: Detail
Group lists under headings and turn them into sentences and paragraphs.
Sprint 3: Flow
Edit wording for smoother transitions, clearer sentences, and easier reading.
Sprint 4: Design
Use BBCode, CSS, and other formatting tools to make the article look nice.