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Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87


What was your favorite Garcia Marquez novel?

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Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not.
John Keats

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Alice Hoffman: Five amazing tips to help you write your novel


Write lists. Start with random words, choosing the ones you love like oleander and aquamarine. Go on those that cause pinpricks of fear to rise on your skin: sorrow, graveyard, raven, slash. … 
Now sit down and start writing. In your story there may be a girl in a red-hooded sweat shirt climbing over a fence, stumbling past two deer as she leaves your grandmother’s house. She looks like you, but look again. You’re writing fiction. She’s someone brand-new.

I can’t tell you how much I love this

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pumpkin-puddleslover asked: I'm trying to grasp the basics of own-world creation and am trying to come up with a sort of language that my beings can speak. I want it to be readable (not necessarily understandable). Thoughts? Advice? How do I keep a record of it? Thanks PPL x

Probably the easiest way is to devise a language that uses the characters of the language you are already writing in. It may be easier if you want to spell the words phonetically, as your characters hear or at least perceive to hear the other beings speak it. 

It can also be useful to play around with translators, such as the one from Google, to see what English words mean in other languages. You can use amalgamations of those words or use them as ideas to spin off your own unique words. Not everyone has to go full-on JRR Tolkein and create not only a new language but style of grammar and alphabet as well. 

You can keep track of the language by keeping your own personal dictionary or glossary. Every time you create a word, use keep its definition on hand so if you use the word again, you can just the same new word you created. There is software out there that can help you generate new languages, characters and a plethora of other linguistic tools, but you spend a lot of money for something you can do yourself and more creatively with time.

Here is some great further reading: 

How to create your own language - by the Council of Elrond

The Conlang WikiA Wiki for development and hosting of constructed languages.

'Game of Thrones' Linguist: How to Create a Language from Scratch - CNN

How to create a new language - WIRED