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message 1: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
Oftentimes, especially in fantasy and sci-fi novels, an author creates a new world or culture entirely. Language, customs, geography, architecture, and sometimes entire species are different. This thread is for sharing and getting advice on your new worlds or cultures!


message 2: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
I have a lot of fantasy worlds that I've created over the years, but one of my favorites so far has been the Water Angel world.
There are four basic clans: the angels, who control air, the demons, who control fire, the dryads, who control earth, and naiads, who control water. Each clan is customized so they have completely different languages, behavioral trends, rules, architecture, etc. Because they are all so diverse, they often come into conflict, which is where Mutants come in. Mutants are genetic crosses between species who help to keep the peace, which came into society after the Second War.


message 3: by Taliah (new)

Taliah Lagons | 77 comments Mod
I love it when someone writes a really awesome way of having society fall apart, and what would replace it after. Anyone here read 'Uglies' by Scott Westerfeld? I thought that was pretty good.


message 4: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
I read the first two chapters of it. And then my language arts teacher told me to put her book back on the shelf and do my work... XD


message 5: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
That's why I'm so into dystopian novels. I love thinking about ways our culture could evolve, and change into something terrible.
The best dystopian novels are ones that make you terrified that they'll happen one day. XD


message 6: by Taliah (new)

Taliah Lagons | 77 comments Mod
This is more under the 'culture' part of the title rather than the 'world' bit, but what do you do when you want the sort of character that use bad language or whatever? I only know, like, three swearwords, and I blush when I write them down! Is there a way around this?


message 7: by Mel (last edited Jun 18, 2013 03:53AM) (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
Well I know that Cassandra Clare is the absolute best author ever at getting around swear words. She's hilarious and perfect and urmaglob fbdhjlabfhdjska

But anywho, some example's of this in Cassie's writing are something like:

“Cracked my nail polish slapping your worthless face. See?” Clary showed him a finger. Just one of them.

Clary stared at him. “What the f-” Jace clamped a hand over her mouth. “Language, Fray.”

Alec frowned and muttered something that sounded like “Shut the duck up”.


message 8: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
LOL! That's pretty amazing. XD

Also, I like to make up swear words. Especially if you have a story set in a fictional world or country, it sets a different tone if you use new swear words. (You remember D'arvit, right? That's become my actual swear word. XD)


message 9: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
I kinda swear, like, a lot in real life. Heh. Whoops.


message 10: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
D'arvit! XD That from Artemis Fowl, yes? I say holy cheese sometimes. When I remember to be polite.


message 11: by Jocelyn (Ducky) (new)

Jocelyn (Ducky) (ducky113) | 265 comments Kyra wrote: "That's why I'm so into dystopian novels. I love thinking about ways our culture could evolve, and change into something terrible."
*odd look* I'm glad you feel so passionate about the demise of the world we live in, Kyra. That makes me feel very confident about going to the same high school as you. XD

But this is now my new favorite thread. I love worlds and cultures more than any other part of the writing process. And I don't know if any of you have your life defined by the stories you create in your head, but...

This is kind of personal, but... do you guys have stories that live in your head? I don't really have another way to put it, but, ever since I was little, I've always had a story growing and unfolding in my mind. Kind of like I was born to imagine and theorize. I mean, every singe story is different, and they last anywhere from 2 days to a month in my head before I move on to an entirely new premise. That means new characters, new names, new places, new worlds, new plots, new ideas, new everything. I may have mentioned once that if I wrote every story in my head down, I'd have over a thousand, and I mean that. As I've grown, my tastes have changed, and what used to be a cheerful story of wild horses and unicorns in the mountains has become a complicated twist of promise and betrayal that reflects the best and worst parts of the world I live in, dashed with adventure and suspense. Not only is it a way to deal with boredom, but a way to deal with frustration and also content.
Are any of you guys like that?


message 12: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
...Oh. My. God.

I thought no one would ever ask.

Yes. Yes. But it's kind of... well... my characters have gotten really vivid since I started writing. So, pretty much since fifth grade, the people in my stories have become increasingly realistic.

I'm probably clinically crazy....


message 13: by Jocelyn (Ducky) (new)

Jocelyn (Ducky) (ducky113) | 265 comments Exactly. XD

I got tired of wondering if anyone would ask, so I decided to ask myself.

And I don't really understand it, but I can't seem to live without a story in my head. But sometimes that's even how I fall asleep at night after I've turned my light off.

You know, now that I think about it, that's how Nightshade started to grow. From a dream, to a character in my head, to a name at lunch, to an idea on Kyra's paper.


message 14: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
Alright. I am now going to text you so we can continue to talk about this. XD


message 15: by Jocelyn (Ducky) (new)

Jocelyn (Ducky) (ducky113) | 265 comments 'Kays. XD


message 16: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
Oh, YES. When I was little I invented many characters and stories. But there were a few who stayed with me even when I began to grow up. There was a little dark-haired boy who I adored to no end and took on adventures of my mind's creation. He kept me company when I drove other kids away and I dreamed about him constantly. I remember getting really upset when I fell asleep and he wasn't there waiting for me. I remember wondering desperately where he'd gone and why he'd leave me. He visited my sleep many times since I made him up who knows how many years ago. He hasn't come since the nightmares started months ago and I started not sleeping. But he's like a real person to me now, and sometimes I'm so in love with him that it really messes me up.


message 17: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
WOW. I'm really sorry, Mel... I know what it's like to lose a character. It Really.
Really.
Sucks.
On the flip side, maybe he's not gone. This whole nightmare conundrum sounds a lot like a setup for something else. I'd look into subconscious dreams and so such...
Actually, I'm going to do that right now, because I'm reallyreally interested in this now.
...Okay, I'm sorry. That probably sounded insensitive. I really feel for you, buddy. :(


message 18: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
You're interested in my dreams? Heh, Kyra darling, Mel's nightmares are pure Hell. Trust me, I tried so many times to write them into stories, thinking that might help, but it's like... how do I put this- like someone screaming in your head while you try to do math homework. I can't. If there's a story there it hurts too much for me to tell.


message 19: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
(wince) I'm so so sorry Mel... Nightmares suck... :( :( :(
But, it'd be nice to get a sampling of Hell now so I know what I'm in for when I die... XD


message 20: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
Hey... what was your character's name? Did he have one??
Just curious. Don't share if you don't want to.


message 21: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
Kyra wrote: "(wince) I'm so so sorry Mel... Nightmares suck... :( :( :(
But, it'd be nice to get a sampling of Hell now so I know what I'm in for when I die... XD"


I'm friends with Satan so I think actual Hell will be bearable.


message 22: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
Kyra wrote: "Hey... what was your character's name? Did he have one??
Just curious. Don't share if you don't want to."


He doesn't really have one. I thought about naming him once but it didn't feel right so he's just the dark-haired boy, or The Boy, or whatever.


message 23: by Jocelyn (Ducky) (new)

Jocelyn (Ducky) (ducky113) | 265 comments Ah. Very interesting, Dylen. Sounds different, in an good way.

@Mel: You poor, poor thing. :(


message 24: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
Dylen wrote: "I'm writing a novel about a world where the internet and almost all knowledge was destroyed, and now data/knowledge is the only real form of currency. That and pornography."

That is awesome!!! (fangirl moment) Dystopian novels are AMAZING!!!! And that's such a great idea!
(pornography... lol...)


message 25: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
Mel wrote: "Kyra wrote: "Hey... what was your character's name? Did he have one??
Just curious. Don't share if you don't want to."

He doesn't really have one. I thought about naming him once but it didn't fee..."


(sniffs) Oh, Mel, I'm so sorry. I'm certain he'll come back. I've lost my characters for long periods of time, and it kind of creeps me out every time they leave. But they normally come back.
I remember one time they were gone for three months. I'd just given up on them coming back, but I started jotting down some random ideas for a book I was working on and they showed up the next morning. Maybe it's just a creative block.


message 26: by Mel (new)

Mel | 371 comments Mod
Kyra wrote: "Mel wrote: "Kyra wrote: "Hey... what was your character's name? Did he have one??
Just curious. Don't share if you don't want to."

He doesn't really have one. I thought about naming him once but i..."


It would be nice to see him again is all. :3


message 27: by Kyra (new)

Kyra (Nikara) | 364 comments Mod
I'm sorry, Mel. I'm sure you will.


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