It’s week 3 of the Worldbuilding Summer Camp 2022 homework club, and we’re talking about INSPIRATION! To recap:
- In week 1, we set our goals for Summer Camp 2022
- In week 2, we decided how the themes would help us achieve those goals
- This week, we’re talking about inspiration, playlists, and mini-metas!
What is a worldbuilding meta?
Your world’s meta is the information about the world that helps you build a consistent world that doesn’t feel disconnected from itself. It’s like the world’s DNA! In it, you define things like the big-picture elements of your world, the theme, scope and mood of the world, and your sources of inspiration. This is an incredibly useful tool to avoid writer’s block, knowing what to write next, and providing a more immersive experience for both yourself and your players or readers.
For more information about the meta, check out our blog post about this topic. And for an example of a very in-depth meta, check out Melior’s meta document on World Anvil!
What is a mini-meta and how can it help?
A mini-meta is, as the name implies, a smaller version of the world meta! But instead of focusing on the entire world, it’s focused on a single area or purpose. This is useful because in events like Summer Camp, it’s often easier to focus in a single place of your world rather than trying to build everything at once.
For your mini-metas, you don’t need to be as expansive as with the general meta. Just the themes, goals (which we’ve already talked about!), and inspiration should be enough.
ONLY IF IT’S HELPFUL you can also add other aspects of the meta to your mini-meta. You might choose to make a mini-Drama section, talking about current affairs in a specific area you’re expanding. You might want a People section (who lived there, and who lives there now?), which might differ slightly (or go into more detail) than the main meta for your whole setting.
Summer Camp 2022 Homework Assignment 3
Since last week, you should have an idea of how the themes of Summer Camp 2022 fit into your worldbuilding. Now, it’s time to gather imagery and inspiration, to create a mini-meta!
- In your pledge document, beneath the short text you wrote last week, gather together images, music, movie clips, quotations and anything else that inspires you!
- If you’re building in a preexisting setting, see if any of your previous inspiration points typify what you’re working on now
- If you’re building a new setting, it’s time to go hunting for sources of inspiration!
- Add a small note to your inspiration media, to help you hone in on what exactly inspires you about it. For example “the colour scheme of this art”, or “the costumes in this image”, or even “the sense of tongue-and-cheek adventure captured in this movie”.
- ONLY IF IT’S HELPFUL you can also add other aspects of the meta – such as the Drama (current affairs) and People (past and present) sections
- Submit the article in the comments of this blog post!
Are you part of the Homework Club?
Looking for time to get it all done? Come join the Homework Club! The Homework Club livestreams happen every Sunday in June and July on our Twitch channel at 7pm UK/11am Pacific. They’re a great chance to get help, ask questions about the event, and get inspired by others…. AS WELL as get those precious words down during live writing springs.
And if you want to show off your participation to Summer Camp, we have some graphics you can use in your World Anvil world or in social media:
Download all participation graphics and the community streaming pack! You’ll find logos, stickers, banners—anything your heart desires!
Big shout out to our amazing sponsors, GACUCon, Norse Foundry, and Kobold Press! They make it possible to offer so many prizes to celebrate your awesome creativity! Check them out and give them some love!
I will probably keep adding inspiration points until next week, but it was good exercise to do the mini-meta for both worlds!
going to continue adding inspiration points as i gather them!
Updated! (might add some stuff later)
Updated! Will most likely continue to add to it as I am working on my World Meta currently too: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/rysidor-daisychick/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-article
It will be really cool to fill the meta after whatever madness I create during this SC 😀 Pledge updated! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/treasure-box-tris/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article?preview=true
My first attempt at putting together a single meta inspiration document – and I didn’t even leave it until the last day!
Well, I’ll give it a shot. I don’t need to comment on all previous blog posts, do I?
Was quite fun to make this, spending a lot more time on visual presentation, not just walls of text to get the ideas on a page.
Posting it on one blog post is enough, right? I don’t need to retroactively post it beneath the other blog posts?
Got some unusual inspirations, because what’s life without bending the rules, right? ^^
I mostly listed all the books I’m using as reference for my history research and the few image resources I’ve found XD
I have a tentative list. I’ll probably keep adding to it. https://www.worldanvil.com/w/liminal-chronicles/a/wa-summer-camp-pledge-2022
Had lots of fun browsing for inspiring images and setting up a mini-meta this week!
i suspect, i will keep adding to this.
Done! Or as much done as I feel like doing right now. I keep trying to tidy up and make the pledge page prettier.
Let’s get inspired!
Used the gallery feature since there were a lot of images that inspired me
Will definitely be adding more to this one, but here’s a start. https://www.worldanvil.com/w/spaceport-deleyna/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article
I know it’s heresy, but I don’t do metas very well at all. They tend to make me cry. Anyway, here’s the pledge:
Here’s my Summercamp 3 homework entry. Not my most detailed homework, but I’ve always had trouble trying to display my inspiration in a visual manner. I hope I’m at least getting the points across for any who actually read this, though.
Pledge document updated, time to fill those Pinterest boards! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-world-of-unnamed-aliensdrinktea/a/summer-camp-pledge-article
Great stuff! Should keep me inspired and on track, thanks.
Third homework done! More inspiration will come as camp starts.
I’m belated in catching up, but here we go!
Done and updated!
Well, I finally caught up!
Here’s my update:
Late to the game, but still excited to be a part of this. https://www.worldanvil.com/w/canalis-gmbell/a/2022-summer-camp-pledge-article
Better late than never. I’m ready to see what this camp brings. https://www.worldanvil.com/w/blinding-veil-jester2b/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-article
Homework 3! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/yonderverse-mochimanoban/a/mochi-s-sc22-pledge-article
Better late than never!
Have fun, everyone!
Here we are. It’s not perfect, but everything’s a work in progress, I suppose. 🙂
Felicitous Timezones! I hereby officially, though somewhat belatedly, pledge myself to learning World Anvil during this Summer Camp, for the edification of current and future Victuallers. Grow Beyond!
xD Marvelous! Would you also happen to have a URL link to such a pledge on your World Avnil World, my good fellow~?
Inspiration has been acquired! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/analecta-tybarbary/a/summer-camp-2022-article
I’ve been thinking about the differences in my two summercamp worlds, and writing the mini-meta really helped nail down their vibes–and looking at the differences in their inspo imagery is eye-opening! (Er, no pun intended…)
@Summer Camp 2022 Pledge!
Here’s my week 3 summer camp pledge! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/necumia-thedoctor292/a/doctorE28099s-pledge-article?preview=true
Struggled with getting the formatting how I wanted it, but it’s ready now! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/caerdonel-da476/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-article
Updated with some pix.
While I can’t get my second whiteboard to load in properly, I am happy with how it’s turning out.
I’m very Naiad / water driven to start with
And here’s my last edit: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/las-islas-de-las-nueces-gortius-viii/a/summer-camp-pledge-article?preview=true
Finally finished HW #3! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/tarantellia-lnphysics/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-document-article
Good luck everyone!
Finished for now, it’s a bit bare bones so I’ll built up on it at least through the next homework assignment. https://www.worldanvil.com/w/bold-beetle-world-vandwriter/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article?preview=true
An update for my pledge !
Hello, how are you? The third week homework was almost not done in time, but it is here. And it’s alive! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/utopia-grace-roseas/a/my-summer-camp-pledge–article?preview=true
and homework assignment #3 complete… https://www.worldanvil.com/w/divinity2C-texas-kdalberson/a/2022-summer-camp-pledge-article?preview=true
I thought it was an annoying assignment at first because I thought I was bad with inspiration sources, then I had a hard time stopping myself!
It’s overdue but okay, I guessed:
I’m going to keep adding, but here is week 3! (Better ALMOST late than never!)
Week 3: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/spirit-of-the-age-frogdrake/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-document-article
And week 3 done: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/araea-qurilion/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-article
Kinda skipped the mini-meta because it would just be copy and pasting things from last week’s homework and also my actual meta, but finding inspiration was fun!
Part 3 Done:
3 done! Onto the 4th and Summer Camp! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/talodain-desistdawdling/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article
Here’s my pledge for this year’s Summer Camp! Can’t wait to get started! 😀 https://www.worldanvil.com/w/black-light/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-article
https://www.worldanvil.com/w/kohtalo-drunkenpanda951/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article because HOORAY for procrastination. FOR THE BADGE!
Assignment 3 complete: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-bennorian-chronicles-lethann/a/summer-camp-2022-pledge-article
And here is my pledge again <3
Summer camp homework all done! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/shadowfire-ononomad/a/shadowfire-summer-camp-2022-article
I wrote down the games and books that inspire various aspects of my two settings, as well as a list of moodsetting quotes that fit in nicely with the themes.
Finally! Added in some inspiration. I don’t think it really counts as a mini meta though…
It also took me an embarrassing amount of time to get the coding right. Apparently, the editor doesn’t like switching between WYSIWYG and Source.
But I’m done enough to post!
Finished all the homeworks! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/istralar-hanhula/a/summer-camp-20223A-pledge-article This one was by far the hardest, so was the one I strayed most from.
Here is what I have and no I didn’t make any metas
And that’s two weeks of homework, in one day, let’s see if I can manage three and finish it out. https://www.worldanvil.com/w/overlord-lady-grayish/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article
Moving along woohoo! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/sky-pirates-cytheron/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article?preview=true
Wooo, over the top Canva collage and everything! (Also, I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that I could just log in with Twitter)
I’m late here, but I’ve had an absolutely overwhelming couple of weeks at work. Hopefully that earns me a homework extension.
Was late on the ball but i think i at least got the basics lines out.
Late again… woopsie.
Tough one, but I think I’ve got a narrowed-down focus now: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/amalgama-holyflpncows/a/summer-camp-pledge-2022-article
This assignment was SO. FUN!!! I should do this more often 😀
Still late, womp womp.