think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!
- this site has additional info, diagrams, worksheets, and models, as well as information on things like coasts, volcanoes, and populations
- look at real life sources for climates. Consider the way that your continent(s) lay in relation to their equator, and the weather and types of flora and fauna and peoples that adapted to it.
- think about pangea. If you have multiple continents, do they fit together like a jigsaw?
- when in doubt, look at the natural world around you and think about what would change if something was drastically different. Look at the reactions between parts of our world and change them.
- play civilization games and think about the things that go into making decisions there
I wanted to double check that “The Cherry on Top” was a short novel or novella and I found this on uphillwriting.org. I think it’s very informative and hopefully you guys will find it useful!
Note to authors: when a bullet is shot from a gun, it becomes so hot it’s sterile. You don’t get an infection from the bullet itself, but from the wound. That’s why in the short term it’s better not to remove the bullet, because bothering the wound just makes it more prone to infection! That is also why some veterans still have bullets in their body.
I am going to do a break down of the various terminology as it is accepted in most Romani academic circles.
I realize that this can be very confusing, especially to those outside our ethnicity and culture, and even to those who were raised…
the last one though lol
Here’s a handy dandy color reference chart for you artists, writers, or any one else who needs it! Inspired by this post x
If you’ve read this column with any regularity, you’re probably aware that I’m a little “funny” when it comes to technical and procedural accuracy in fiction. There are few mechanisms by which an author can lose a reader’s respect and interest more rapidly than the use…
Any opinions on how many unusual names that a contemporary story should have? I think I’ve gone over the limit probably?
Submit through the ask box, please. ;)
Two names, and one word to describe their relationship. I will come up with a sort of blurb about them.
There’s also one that matches ruffs with collars, which is great.
Wish they ventured into the 17th century, but. Still. What a time to be alive.
I luff ruffs
I can never resist a historical fashion art reference infographic.
I got a lot of questions regarding how to write a good character breakdown. An effective character breakdown comes from a character holding in their frustration/pain for a while before they finally let it out in an extremely emotional moment. Sometimes this involves…
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No, and not really accepted.
The Chinese try to make unique names for their children so they stand out of the crowd and aren’t confused with others. It’s actually taboo to name your child after someone else. There are some common given names here.
Names in China are chosen very, very carefully and generational naming trends are common (it’s very common to give one generation of kids in a family a connecting character (Wenting and Wenming, etc).
There are names that sound the same but use completely different characters based on gender, generation, and decided important (Xiaoming can be a male and female name, but it can be written with different characters. It also is the vague equivalent of ‘John/Jane Doe’ in mainland China).
Though there are some names that are more common for men and some for women, it depends entirely on the characters and you absolutely cannot tell gender from names written in pinyin alone (and sometimes not even from the hanzi either).
Basically, you want to be really careful when choosing Chinese names, and you may want to ask someone for help if you’re not sure!
Hi, I’m a Chinese-American writer and I just went through the process of naming some Chinese characters of mine with my mom’s help. I’d still suggest maybe asking for the help of someone who’s native (and literate in Chinese) with the actual names but I can maybe provide a bit more information if you’re unable to do that.
Chinese names aren’t generally chosen on the basis of gender. There are trends like flower names are generally for girls and dragon names are for boys but I think for the most part Chinese names are gender neutral. Well at least my mom didn’t think it was weird at all that I ended up naming a male character after her. Her name literally means “eagle” though so. Naming kids is a very intensive process.
There’s generally three words in a chinese name. The family name, the generational name, and the individual name.
The generational name used to be cycled ever 60 years, according to the book of life which informs a lot of Chinese feng shui belief. Each family tree would have their own list. That way if you found someone with the same generational name and family name, you could probably assume you were related.
However, during the Cultural Revolution, a lot of that was lost. Because the revolution was about casting aside tradition, many families threw away their family book thing, and some, especially those families who strongly subscribed to Communist thought never gave their children generational names. My sister, my cousin, and I all have the same generational name, but it’s not traditional. My mom found a new one she liked. Also, generational names were often split by gender. My dad has different generational names than my aunts.
Names will also often be derived from the parent’s name. My mom’s individual name, 鹰, has the character 佳, in it, which is my individual name. Additionally, it’s pronounced jiā, which is pronounced the same as my dad’s generational name. This is something she spent a long time pouring through Chinese dictionaries to find.
Also to note, something that you’ll probably need someone who’s literate in Chinese for; zodiac and fengshui can and will be taken into account. According to Chinese belief, the day you were born influences a lot of elements. Because my sister’s birthday dictated that she had a lot of water and was lacking in wood, my mom made sure her individual name contained the symbol for wood.
When creating names for characters, I don’t think you’ll have to go that in depth, but looking up the Chinese elemental system can make for good inspiration. I don’t know it very well but it’s like, someone who’s lacking in fire doesn’t have a lot of ambition, and someone with a lot of wood has the capacity for a lot of growth.
It’s a bit tricky to approach naming chinese characters because of how closely it ties to the family aspect, but don’t let that discourage you! Just give a lot of thought as to which words you want to use and what meanings they will bring to a character’s life.
I’m fairly certain this the way naming kids works but this also might just be my family. Anyway, I hope that was helpful!
More fyi, Chinese names can also be just two characters. The first one, the surname; the second one, the first/individual name. Homonyms are also a consideration, as parents try to pick names that can’t easily be turned into a playground taunt.
ALL OF THE ABOVE. Many given names have two characters, most family names have one, but there are Chinese last names that have two characters! (I just spoke to someone with the family name of ‘Sima’ for example.) The Old Hundred Names are the most common surnames, but they aren’t the only ones out there!
(Don’t forget the many Chinese minorities either!)
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