As promised, here is the Third installment of the Language Construction Series, part of my larger World Building Series.
When creating written characters for your language, there are a few questions you must ask yourself:
- What will the characters of your language look like (runic, script, hieroglyphic, or other)?
- Will there be more than one representation (i.e, a runic for one class [or a specific race/species] and a script form for another)?
- Will your language resemble any known languages (Futhark, Arabic, Cyrillic, Mandarin, Korean, Egyptian, Irdu, et cetera)?
- In what direction will your language be written (left to right, right to left, vertically)?
- What will the punctuation look like—if any?
- How will numbers be represented (digits, or symbols to represent specific quantities)?
- Will you use a different character for each sound, or will diacritics be used?
There are obviously more questions that can be asked, but those are a few to ask yourself in the very beginning stages of planning.
I'm not going to mislead you in any way. Creating the language was the easy part for me; creating the written form of it, however, was no easy task. I struggled with it for years, even long after I had nearly finalized the actual language itself. So many times I scrapped sketches, never happy with the way it turned out. Believe it or not, I finished my first manuscript months before I finally sketched out a set of characters with which I was happy.
Although, not completely.
It took a few more months of tweaking, but I finally completed it...
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