Here’s my confession: I’m a complete people nerd. I highly enjoy studying and learning about individuals, groups, mindsets, worldviews, cultures, and everything else that makes up the human race. One of the main reasons I got into writing was the opportunity to make more friends (literally, haha) and try out different scenarios to see how people can get along with each other (or not. Often not. Conflict is story, after all).
As part of this, one of my favorite methods for characterization is the Meyers-Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI). This personality test divides people into one of sixteen possible types according to cognitive processing types. In other words, it categorizes people according to how they take in and process about the world around them, rather than just “introverted” or “extroverted.” [...]
When you bring up world-building, one of the first things that comes up is language. People ask if you’ve made up your own language, or if you’re going to, or how you should do it.
Now, if you want to make up languages, go ahead! I’m not stopping you. There’s a lot of fun to be had in the world of phonemes, morphemes, etc. However, if you want to focus more on getting words onto paper, I’d suggest a different route.
The different between a language and a dialect can be subjective. [...]
So I’m still recovering from an awesome time at the Realm Makers 2016 conference. I have a ton of things to catch up on and to share, but in the meantime, I’m featured on Ralene Burke’s blog as a guest author, so go ahead and check it out! Includes some never-before-seen info, including:
Why I’m so passionate about character creation (to the tune of 37)
What would happen if I had to write in pre-internet days (answer: parrots would be involved) [...]
Fun fact! I build swords. Ones made out of PVC pipe and camping foam and contact cement (hereafter known as ‘DAP’) and duct tape.
My husband and I met at a Dagorhir battle club at college, beating each other up with foam swords according to the rules of this national sport. The rest, as they say, is history. And since he’s an awesome elementary school teacher, he adapted Dagorhir into a youth activity and taught at recreational centers, after school clubs, and this summer, an overnight camp. [...]