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 Online3 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?
Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out CharactersDecember 14th, 2011.Writer's Workshop: Fleshing out Characters4 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
Character Creation+Usage v1.3Creating and Using Effective Characters - The Serious VersionCharacter Creation+Usage v1.36 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
Emoticonists on dA (8):iconkrissi001:Emoticonists on dA (8)4 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
Profile SkeletonName: (Self explanatory, but can do with elaboration. Meaning of name, appropriateness, background, connotation. Also includes nicknames, titles, etc.)Profile Skeleton4 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
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
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:
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 Disabled6 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