Steps to World Building: Making the people

Alrighty kids, today I’m going to give you a tip on how to world build. Okay for any of you out there that don’t know what that is, it’s when you create a fictional world either in the fantasy or sci-fi setting. Most fictional stories you read that has to do with aliens or magic are set in a fictional place and time. Heck it might be in a parallel dimension for all we know. As the author of your sorties, you are the creators of your world, you are god, so you can do whatever you want.

Making a good believable group of people is half of what makes a good story though.

With that in mind, lets get started. Today we’re going use alien’s for our example.

  For the people, by the people 

 In some cases people like to make the environment of their fantasy world first, then develop the creatures that call that world home. I personally think it’s easier to draw the inhabitants first, then develop the two together. So lets create an alien. 

image_by_e3tv-d8k7qr8monkey_alien_by_e3tv-d6vqpidHere I got my idea and doodled it out as a quick little sketch. I already had in mind that this race would be small, agile, and thin. And look like a monkey-dog thing. With this information in mind I can start with the environment.

Long fingers, arms, and legs. feet that look almost like hands. A long fixable looking tail…

Things most monkeys have to help them climb. To me, this creature would look most at home in an environment with lots of trees. So now I have a monkey like race that hangs out in the trees.

Think, apply, use or throw away any idea you get

Now I work off impulse all the time so the first thing that pops into my head when making something up, I’ll usually apply it somehow. I wanted these guys to be really light. Like I could pick it up by the tail and it would only feel like ten pounds. So how could that work? That’s when you hit the internet and look up a few things. I found that birds are pretty light due to the fact that they have hollow bones. So why not these guys? Apply little things like that to your races and keep adding!

Lets see, what else do we have to work with based on the appearance of these guys alone? They have big eyes. Okay, what do big eyes usually mean. Good eye sight. Usually when something has big eyes, it can see pretty darn well. Okay what would this little alien need good eye sight for? Not a lot a light? Well I did say earlier that this race lives in an environment filled with trees. Perhaps the the canopy is so thick, like in the Amazon rainforest, that hardly any light reaches the forest floor. That would be a good reason for having big eyes. To see better in low lighting.

See, by making the race and the world at around the same time, you can match them, the two can make more sense with each other. You don’t want to make a world that is dry and hot while your race is moist and looks aquatic. The two just don’t fit together! It’s like saying a camel lives in the arctic tundra. What? No. Does not make much sense.

Once you’ve worked out the basics of your own race you can start adding things like culture, behavior, government, social norms, ect. Remember, a lot of these things will be linked to your races environment, how they look, and how they interact with their world. Feel free to use race generators. I find them quite handy when it comes to finding a name for may aliens because I‘m to lazy to suck at making up names.  They give you go ideas on some basics traits or odd little things your race might do. Or they just make you laugh because they are just down right ridiculous.


Name: Bolugians

Home-world: Byzan IV

A race of telekinetic bovids with extendable limbs and poisonous spines on their heads. They express their emotions through the excretion of variously colored bodily fluids. They prefer not to leave their home-world and use holographic representations of themselves to explore the galaxy instead.

What’s stranger than a spoon-bending cow with extendable legs? A spoon-bending cow with extendable legs and a poisonous hair-do, of course. An encounter with a Bolugian would be made all the stranger when it starts sweating with glee and spews up a load of pink “pleased to meet you” juice. Still, at least it would only be holographic vomit.

These have to be the craziest, most random alien creatures it’s possible to invent. I’m not at all surprised that they don’t get out much; if I was one of these guys I wouldn’t want to leave the house either, and the thought of meeting potentially hostile species would fill me with… oh no, apprehension juice! That’s gonna stain.


The shark-like race. They have powerful nasal senses. Their limbs are not so much specific, but are used for multiple functions. They can consume almost anything material. They can take on the form of someone’s worst fears. They are a race of doctors. They are known to have terrible body odor. They lay eggs. Under stress, they undergo distinct personality changes. Their government is ethical in its own way. Most of their species ascended to a godlike existence – they are the descendants of those that did not.

…Uh-huh.

“Paging Dr. Sharktopus…paging Dr. Sharktopus to the ER.”

“I’m sorry, ma’am. You have cancer. I can smell it on you.”

“Doctor…why are you eating the patients leg?”

“Oh, hello Dr. Shark- OH MY GOD! NOT A CLOWN!!!”

*Dr. Sharktopus thinking to self* “God…this surgery is so stressful…I haven’t paid my cable bill…my little girls going out with that punk…” *Enters homicidal fury, and amputates the patients head.*

Yeah…somehow I can’t imagine them being good doctors.

Those were just some of my favorite responses I found on the generator sights.

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Little art tip

Okay have you ever tried to draw something but no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t get it right?

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Graaaaaa!!!!!!!

Were you trying to draw said something with just your imagination and imagination alone? Well if that’s the case that may be the problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using your original thoughts to create something but sometimes it’s good to use a reference.

I myself usually use some form of reference or a guide when I’m drawing an action pose, when I’m trying to figure out muscular related things, or when I’m trying to make it look realistic.

⇓Take this image here for example⇓

boredom_by_e3tv-d71ooy5 Drew this about year ago. I was have a little crisis with bat wings working with a human body. I write stories and I have a character with bat wings. It’s my pet peeve not knowing how things might work so here’s my attempt at making this work in my head.

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How to make original sounding ideas

BOOM.

INSPIRATION.

I GOT IT!

Wait no I… Dammit. Lost it.

Okay, how many times have you thought you had a great idea but then you lost it *Snapping sound* like that? Or worst… Someone already came up with that idea. Oh…really? They did? ……………..Shoot. Okay. Now what?

Well you know what? I’m here to tell you that taking someone elses idea isn’t always a bad thing.

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Okay, obviously you can’t be like “Oh I like this, I’m going to use this whichever way I please. Thanks for the idea.”

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NO, you can’t take someones whole idea and use it, but you can take pieces of it.

Let me explain in more detail. You see an idea you like a lot and you’d like to use it somehow but you don’t want to be a copycat. So instead of take the whole idea, you take a part of it and modify it with your own ideas. That’s how idea’s are usually made now-a-days. Pretty great, right?

Well here’s another trick. Even when you take an idea and modify it so it’s different, it may still be recognizable to the original idea. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just look at smart phones. They are all almost exactly the same with the exception of a few features. But if you want your idea to seem really original, it’s time we made a Frankinstein.

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Yes my idea lives!!!!!!!

But really, “frainkseinning” is a good method for making original sounding ideas.

This pretty much how you do it. You take little parts of a lot of other ideas and you put them together in the order you like, then zap it with some brain power and it lives!!!!

I use this method a lot myself when I write or draw. It’s great and I’ve actually won a writing contest for a story I wrote, and guess what? I used the methods I just spoke of!

All you have to remember is the difference between stealing an idea and modifying one and making it your own.

You choose how this ride ends

Life to me seems it can be either depending on how you live it. Life can turn out pretty tragic if you choose to do the wrong things. Your life can be great, filled with privileges and goods, until you decide to start doing drugs. Your whole life can go down the drain with that. Texting can be another one. Driving in the car with friends or family and your phone rings, telling you you’ve gotten a text. You look down for one second and the next thing you know, every one in the car is injured or dead because of you. But life only stays a tragedy if you let it. If you are wiling to pick yourself back up and repent for the things you have done, you can turn your life around into a comedy.

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. This is only as true as you let it be. If someone says a curl thing to you, you have the power to determine if it will crush you or if it will make you stronger, by simply laughing it off. Life is a roller coaster; it has its ups and downs, just like a comedy. It really depends if you let yourself jump off at the top of the ride that makes it a tragedy.

You are the ones the choose how the situation will go

There are so many people in the world have have so little or have had something taken from them, yet they are living life happily. The disabled still find ways to peruse their passions and victims of crimes or abuse find the faith to keep going with life. Some times though I wonder if life is just a tragedy for only some. There are people in this world that have never done a bad thing in their life and yet there are the ones that end up suffering, there are also bad people that keep living high of the pain they cause others. The world is crazy and life is a mystery, it all really depends on how you live it. Will you let be a tragedy, or a comedy?

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Stand high or fall low. It’s up to you and only you in the end.

How not to do the marry sue

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the man of steal, it’s…A MARRY SUE!!!

It has come to my attention that there are some people that don’t know how to make a character properly. I have seen so many character/OC sheets that made me just walk away from my computer for a few moments and to clear my head or have just wanted to flip the desk and strangle the writer of such-meh… It’s impossible to hurt them, they never have troubles because thy can handle anything. They’re invincible! Great example, Superman! Please don’t hate but it’s true to some extent. So many different people have written Superman comics that the dude can fricken destroy a planet by clapping. At one point he became so over powered that not even his enemy the little green stone lost its effectiveness against him. Heck, the guy eventually accented to a god! Superman never has to face any true problems because he just does something so random that makes no sense that he saves the day.

I hobbyist writer and people have told me quite often how well spun my characters are in particular my newest one.A lot of people I done such a great job at making him a badass. How do you do some one has asked, well I’ll tell you.

Step 1: No OP (over powered)

You can still make your character cool and real tough without making them like some crazy powered boss man like superman. Good example of a badass.

BATMAN

Has absolutely no powers yet he still manages to kick everyone to the curb with his

 

EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Batman is the perfect example of a badass. knowing he’s not invincible causes anxiety and makes panic when our hero gets his ass kicked. But then makes all go “Yesssssssss!” When he comes back and kicked the bad guy into next week. No random BS superpowers included.

That brings me to my second point.

2. Invincibility SUCKS

Nothing sucks more if your character, or hero is invincible or near so. If it’s impossible for them to get hurt, nothings ever at risk and goes flat or just boring. It’s okay to get your badass character get beat up every know and then Or even all the time.Their failure the first time makes people all excited when the beat them the second time or maybe the fiftieth time. Just make them do it in a cool or funny or random way.

3. The Personality

They just need a good personality. This really goes for any kind of character. Any personality will do. All cute and shy, or my favorite, the really quiet dude that does really unexpected stuff. The one I would least recommend is a cocky kind of personality or smartass’. They can get tiresome or just plain annoying.

Just some tips. I Hope this Helps!!!!!!!!!! A bit.

Love + Passion = Heartbrake or Happiness?

The thing that most teenagers chase after through their high school years.

Yes, that perfect guy or gal to make us happy for ever after. People go so nuts over this. Oh the heartbreak! More often than not you hear people feel sorry for themselves because Bettie Lan is with that hot Jame Wit. Oh my life is over because I cant be with Him! Extreme angst face! It’s like Romeo an Juliet, we’re never meant to by together. Or even worse, Billy, how could you leave me for Jane…*Sob, sob* Them kids stay depressed forever because they get dumped or because they can’t have that one person they wanted.

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The Media Web

This is the first time in my life that a teacher has required me to have a a social media account for school. I thought that was kind of odd. I always saw things like Twitter, Face Book, Instagram, even YouTube as…pointless. I see people freaking out about these websites. People get so obsessed with these things that their literally just tweeting #yolo. These websites and other’s like it have become so popular that people even make human versions of them.

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Blankedy Blank Blank!

I am a blank slate.

I have nothing in my head to think.

Every time I try, I find my mind’s well quite dry. More

The Time I Freared…. *shutter

Yes, it’s that time if year again.

HALLOWEEN!

A few weeks ago, someone posted a challenge of sorts. It was a single question. The time I feared (Insert your fear), in my case, that would be last Friday, when I went to Knott’s Scary Farm, and agreed to go with my friend, Corey, on Supreme Scream. For those of you that don’t know what Supreme Scream is, it’s this:

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Let’s talk Spooks

In the sprite of Halloween I’ve been reading this book. It fallows a boy named Thomas J. Ward. He is the seventh son of a seventh son so he has natural abilities when it comes to dealing with creatures of the dark, And where he lives, the County, is filled with witches boggarts, malevolent sprites and other creatures and allies of the Dark.

It’s his job to deal with these creatures that threaten the well being of the common folk. So far in the last nine books hes done a pretty good job with the help of his master, John Gregory.

In the tenth book though, the one I’m reading right now is…it gave me a panic attack. There are some nasty Romanian demons running around a border town of the County and they have a literal taste for human blood. Meh…at any rate they do a few things I didt’y approve of. But if your in the mood for some creepy and maybe slightly disturbing fun, then I recommend the first book!

No these are not two different books, they are both the first one. They just have different title names. I know, confusing, right? Makes me want to smack the author and/or book publishers for such a random as- very confused.

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