Conlang Challenges - June is a time for.... music?This month's challenge is:
Write a few lines of a rap/hip-hop song in your conlang. Bonus points if it flows great. Remember to include IPA!
Submission courtesy of Red-Star-Flag. Good luck to all! Next challenge will be in July.
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July 2010 - Create 10 verbs and their opposites.
August 2010 - Translate The North Wind and the Sun into your conlang.
Qwertyuiop - A Silly ConlangI originally intended to make a joke of a conlang that could be typed using onlyQwertyuiop - A Silly Conlang4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out CharactersDecember 14th, 2011.Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out Characters3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Fleshing Out Your Characters.
Some people are good at writing people. They have no difficulties conceiving of them and don't balk at doing the legwork involved in writing interesting, well-developed characters. They know what is believable and what isn't, and have some idea of how readers may react to their cast.
Other people seem to have no idea what makes people tick, what makes characters interesting, and hope that piling on enough abilities or cool traits is a workable substitute for character development.
As you might have expected, this ramble is dedicated to not being the latter. Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with the most notorious and noticeable part of your story...the cast.
1. Writing well takes a lot of work. Characters are no exception to this.
Being lazy is the death of decent characterization. In order to write interesting and well-rounded characters, you must be prepared to develop them actively and do any research necessar
Every Day I'm Conlang'n- Furry TermsWhile looking at random Anthro images here on dA, I thoguht to myself, "Hmm, I don't have any Furry-based terms in my little conlang...", and thus I made some! As with most of my conlang, many of the words are borrowed and/or altered from real languages, mostly English, Spanish, and Latin, though an increasing number of words are original (i.e., completely made up or made using root words and prefixes/suffixes). So enjoy!Every Day I'm Conlang'n- Furry Terms4 years ago in Sketches More Like This
peltaru- furry (adjective and noun)
getaru- athropomorphic (adjective)
getara- an anthopomorphic character
[Bullet; Red] mairal- feral (adjective and noun)
Fursuits and Conventions-
[Bullet; Red] pieltasa- fursuit
Character Creation+Usage v1.3Creating and Using Effective Characters - The Serious VersionCharacter Creation+Usage v1.35 years ago in Writing More Like This
The age-old question: Why am I doing this? Well I've created characters. Lots of characters. To be frank, my first ones sucked. I eventually got better. I wouldn't call myself a definitive authority on creating characters, but I would prefer to let you learn from my mistakes so you don't have to learn from your own as much later.
Before we begin, please note that storytelling - and as such, character creation - is an art, not a science; there is no scientific formula to create a perfect character. This is a rough guide with more or less my method. Sometimes I mix up the steps, depending on what comes to me first. You are more than welcome to do the same. It is art - there are few "wrong" ways to do it. Also note that there are exceptions to every rule - they're made to be broken. In fact, many great works of fiction break several of the widely accepted rules, yet do it in s
Profile SkeletonName: (Self explanatory, but can do with elaboration. Meaning of name, appropriateness, background, connotation. Also includes nicknames, titles, etc.)Profile Skeleton3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Race: (Varies depending on genre. I use this for species, as well as a brief species description for fantasy worlds, but also for census-race in real-world stuff.)
Setting: (For fantasy worlds, I usually have an entirely separate sheet, but for real-world stuff, a few sentences here usually suffices. I include location, time frame, and current events, getting as specific as possible. For fantasy worlds, I use a few sentences with notes back to my reference sheet.)
Affiliation: (This often overlaps with race and setting. In a conflict situation, there are usually sides to be taken. This can include political groups, ethnic groups, cultural groups, nationality, factions...)
Occupation: (Also self explanatory, but I also use it as a brief summary of how the job affects the character's daily li
World Building Formula pt. 3World Building FormulaWorld Building Formula pt. 36 years ago in Writing More Like This
Section 3: People
Culture at a Glance
What sort of real life culture, or cultures, is your world copying or a blend of?
Is your world more globalization, with cultures mingling and perhaps homogenizing Or are the cultures of your world more separate and distinct?
What does the language sound like? How difficult is translation?
Are there state religions, common sayings, and cultural beliefs present? Even if a particular culture is individualistic, common beliefs will be present.
How does the geography of you world interact with its inhabitants culture?
What sort of real life or historical government are like the one your people in your imaginary cultures live under?
Heres a list of real-life governments that have been used in our history and literature:
Creating Believable WorldsHeres a list of things that you should think about when creating a new world/society for a story concept. They arent in any order. This is more of my college wisdom by the way.Creating Believable Worlds6 years ago in Other More Like This
1. The Time Period
Especially for a human society on Earth. Do your characters live in medieval times? Elizabethan times? Prehistoric times? This will greatly affect many aspects of the characters in the story, such as their clothing, posture, vocabulary (I mean really youre not going to hear the word dude come out of a French aristocrat), rituals, law enforcement, etc. Do your research.
If your characters live in the present day, invest in a fashion magazine and a hairstyle magazine and try to keep up with the latest clothing trends.
2. The Worlds Geography
Making a map of your world might help, especially if youre intending on writing a story that involves a character going on an epic adventure that takes them all around the world. Of course you won
Mentally DisabledWhen have you ever read, or even heard of, a book/movie/graphic novel/whatever in your favorite genre that had a main character who was mentally disabled?Mentally Disabled5 years ago in Writing More Like This
My challenge to you is to write that story, or at least the premise of one.
There's quite a few disabilities to choose from:
A character with Autism has distorted or overloaded senses, and will easily get overwhelmed by new textures, changing appearances, and facial expressions. They tend to like repetition, organization, and simplicity. What would happen if Eragon from the "Inheritance Cycle" were Autistic?
This is actually a variant on the Autism spectrum. Asperger's Syndrome is often called a milder form of Autism. People with each will share many symptoms like repetitive motor movement, having issues with normal speech, and obsessive interests like collecting bottle caps. However, a character with Asperger's likely seems more "normal" to the average observer, and wants to socially interact (he or she wi
Tips In Effective CharactersNotes on creating effective charactersTips In Effective Characters8 years ago in Writing More Like This
Motivation: When considering a character, always ask yourself why? Question your characters motive for everything they do, think, or say. Delve into the psychology of your character. Dont just make them insane for no reason, or just always happy, or anything that cant have backup. Every thing has a reason, and this should be relatively obvious to your readers, unless you mean to keep it a secret; but a good, solid character has depth. One creates depth through a deep understanding of their characters past, psychology, and motives.
Stick to what you know: Its hard to have a deep understanding for your character, if they have no basis in reality. It doesnt mean you cant have superheros or fantasy elements, but their traits and personality are still realistic. Even in an alternate universe, there is a state of consistency. Lack of consistency creates an unbalance and a poor
World Building Formula pt. 1-2World Building FormulaWorld Building Formula pt. 1-27 years ago in Writing More Like This
Section 1: Real Life Influences
Before we delve into creating an imaginary world, we must understand the importance of using real life influences as a base. No one can imagine anything not based on real life.
The best way to start creating or to fine-tune an imaginary world is to find influences from our world to be inspired from.
If a fantastical world has cargo full of imaginary species and magic or alternate laws of physics, the reader needs something, at least a few principles, that are the same as Earths so that they have grounding in your story. Theres a fine balance, as many wise writer types will say between patronizing and keeping your audience in the dark enough that they want to know more. The correct balance allows them to understand without confusion while being drawn on through the book by suspense.
Section 2: Nature
Reality, or at least what we perceive as reality, is probably the most key factor in what w
Bios FormulaGeneral Character Bios FormulaBios Formula7 years ago in Writing More Like This
General Personality Description:
Special Abilities (talents, magical powers, etc):
Any other important notes (back story, prized possessions, etc.):
Above is a helpful formula for creating a character or getting to know your characters better.
Remember that every category above has great significance for your character, and there should at least some logical conclusions between their attributes. For example, if Benji's motive for murdering Cristy is the deep emotional wound she gave him by breaking up with him (yeah, yeah, it's wrong but good villains have motives, too!) he probably has something from her. A book, perhaps. A book that he reads obsessively, with annotations in it written by Benji about his wonderful time together with Cristy and how to most romantically kill her. Plus some ramblings about pie.
You also need to use this formula as a spring