A Dash of Life

So twice now I’ve written about creating a fictional race/species. The first, on March 21st, was about the very basics. The second, on April 2nd, was about fleshing out the rest of the physical aspects. Today I’m going to talk about┬áthe finishing touches.

What exactly does that entail?

Well, what are the social structures? How does the race teach its young? What sort of jobs/occupations/responsibilities are there? How do they decide who gets which job? How do they treat their young, the old, and the infirm? Do they have a system that recognizes status?

All of these questions can apply to every type of race/species you create.

But how do you go about tackling them?

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A Pinch of Fire

So on March 21st I talked about creating a race/species, and covered all the basic physical stuff. Number of heads, eyes, arms, etc. This is good (obviously), but it’s really only the start. You also need to know things like:

  • How does it move?
  • What does it eat?
  • How does it defend itself?
  • How does it mate/attract a mate?
  • Where does it live?

These less obvious physical attributes of a creature are just as important as the actual physical appearance. This is what takes it from being a lump of clay, or a puppet, and makes it alive. Of course, you need a little more to make it a fully fleshed out creature, but that’s what the April 14th post is going to be about.

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Remember earlier this month when I was talking about coming up with character backgrounds? And I said I was going to get my wonderful hubby to whip one up for me? Well, he did! (My husband deserves love and recognition and calorie-free baking for the rest of his life)

Unfortunately the site I can host it at doesn’t like us, so the generator won’t be functional until Monday(ish) when the server admin is able to take a look and see why it isn’t working online (because it works offline for us). So… here is the wonderful, amazing, Character Generator… that won’t be working until Monday or Tuesday >.<

It’s not super pretty, but I think it’s pretty dang comprehensive and effective. What more might you possibly want from a Character Generator? (Let us know if you have suggestions and I’ll see if he’s willing to include more awesomeness)

So, now let me plug some of my all time favourite generators while we’re talking about it.

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Quotes to Start the Week Off Right

So I hope everybody had a good weekend! I didn’t get any writing down ’cause I was busy working, which is a bit of a bummer, but it’s the start of a new week! The first full week of March! So, to help kick this week off, here are some quotes from various people (authors, artists, etc.), in no real order,┬áthat I find can inspire me. Or sometimes they just make me smile and chuckle. Enjoy!

  • The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress -Philip Roth
  • Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up. -Pablo Picasso
  • To gain your own voice, you have to foget about having it heard. -Allen Ginsberg
  • Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. -Salvador Dali

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