Diachronic "Traits"Conlinguistic diachronics is a fickle thing - many of those conlangers who do diachronic conlangs do it in a simple step by step process: first, they make their proto-language, often unattested and not really elaborated upon; second, they make descendants; third, they finalise their creations, then rinse and repeat from two.
It's very common to see this - I know I've been "guilty" of it - but I don't really think it should go that way. In my opinion, some prior planning is needed to make the results stand out in the end.The planning I talk about isn't planning of the proto-language (although, you need to plan that one out just as well), but the idea which paths the descendant languages will take. You can do it at a whim, of course, but the method rarely produces any truly amazing results.
Now, I'm not saying you should meticulously plan out every single sound change to the minutest of details, but that you should have an idea where it's all going.This ties in to the title of this post,
Ways to Present Your Conlang OnlineThis is something that I use to think about a lot when I was first starting out but now that I've a little more exposed to the community than I was before here are some of my tips on how to present your conlang to the world wide web!Ways to Present Your Conlang Online2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) Google Docs This is what I use to make my grammars and dictionaries. The nice thing about Google Docs is that it does almost everything that Microsoft Word can do only it saves periodically online as you edit it. PLUS! You can access it from any computer by signing in wit your GMAIL sign in. You can change the fonts, size and colour of your headings to make it look all appealing and such. For your dictionary I wouldn't necessarily suggest spreadsheets unless your conlang has a one to one word translation. This likely won't be the case to just make a format for your entries and stick to it! EXAMPLE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MuSrz-cmywbETJkA2N-__X2ivDfheTxhGUQI21IbUMA/edit
Conlang Outline Info -TemplateName: Name of the conlangConlang Outline Info -Template4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Alignment: The Morphosyntactic Alignment
Primary Word Order: Default Word Order
Language Type: Synthetic, Agglutinating? Polysynthetic even?
Conjugated? A simple yes/no.
Amount of Phonemes: A simple 1, 2,(God forbid)3 or 4 digit number.
Basic Syllable Structure: Like CCVC, CNCVC etc.
Significant Sound Changes?: Another one of them "yes/no"s
Inflections?: Are there any? Or articles and apositons?
Cases? A simple yes/no.
Amount of Cases: A number of under four digits, please
Verb Categories: Moods, tenses and the likes.
Pronouns?: A simple yes/no. Rarely no.
Adjectives Agree with Nouns?: Simple
Purpose of Conlang: Artlang? IAL even?
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
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 Terms3 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
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
5 Tips On World Building: Part 2EDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips On World Building: Part 25 years ago in Personal More Like This
Once again, I don't want to get into world-building questions that will help you fill in the gaps, but merely provide an overview of the major things you need to take into account when creating a race or a culture. We can start off with the difference between the two. A race is defined by physical characteristics: skin color, hair color, and so on. Culture is defined by the characteristics of values and practices. If you have shapeshifting dragon men, that's a race. If you have shapeshifting dragon men who eat babies, and shapeshifting dragon men that protest the eating of babies, that's a culture. (And if you have humans who don't differentiate between the two, that's conflict!)
Conlang Challenges - June is a time for.... music?This month's challenge is:Conlang Challenges - June is a time for.... music?4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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.
Suggestions for future challenges go here!
Previous challenge suggestions can be found here!
Feedback for the challenges goes here!
July 2010 - Create 10 verbs and their opposites.
August 2010 - Translate The North Wind and the Sun into your conlang.
5 Tips: Character TemplateEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips: Character Template5 years ago in Personal More Like This
I make no disclaimer whatsoever that this is the end-all, be-all of a character template. This is what works for me, and Im well aware that my writing process is mine and mine alone. But Ill post the template and my reasoning on it in the hopes that folks can discern something helpful from it. One of the worst things to do to yourself is tell yourself theres a right way and trap yourself in that box. Dont ever resist what feel unnatural in the writing process. Just learn to direct its course, like a river. Also, please keep in mind that I do a lot of prewriting, and this template gets filled out for every major character in the story. My major
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:
Emoticonists on dA (8):iconkrissi001:Emoticonists on dA (8)3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I asked in a previous Journal that every Emoticonist should write a comment there.
You can still do it on this Journal if you haven't commented yet.
I sent notes to all of those who commented there and asked them a couple of questions.
And now I am going to feature all of this deviants and their answers
If you saw that I have featured you and i didn't include all of your answers/or any answers, you could write a Journal and include all of your answers there. ;D
What is your first reaction when you find a new Emoticonist?
If they are really good and just started, i will watch them and give them positive comments! if they are just a beginner, i will watch them and give them constructive feedback.
Pick 5 of your most favourite Emoticonists and describe why they are special to you, wha
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
5 Tips On World Building: Part 1EDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips On World Building: Part 15 years ago in Personal More Like This
World-building, for me, is one of the biggest things about fantasy. It has, in many cases, saved a book from sucking. Conversely, poor world-building can drag a brilliant plot and excellent characterization down. What is world-building? It is consistency of logic and the new rules that you introduce as part of the story. Easy to say, hard to do. World-building, in good fantasy, more often than not, provides some kind of critical plot point. (If it doesn't, that's okay, but really good fantasy usually takes an established rule and gives it story stakes.)
Examples? Phillip Pullman establishes the rule of daemons in his His Dark Materials trilog