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 Post subject: Tips On Creating New Creatures
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Hello everyone! A lot of my friends in real life that also write say that they keep having problems with creating new creatures. They say that they do not wish to use creatures that we have on Earth because it would seem "un-original". Well, I decided to make this topic on ways that you can make your own creatures!

First off, I want to tell you that using creatures we have on our world can be creative. If you really have no idea on what kind of creature to create, combine animals we already have! Why don't you mix two real animals that have nothing in common?! For example, you can combine a tiger with a parrot. Afterwards, if you are an artistic person (I am not, so I will have to stick with my imagination ;) ) you can draw the mixture and see if you like it. But remember, you can always make changes! After that, you might come up with a flying, vicious beast that has all the colors of the rainbow on its fur or something awesome like that! And for those of you that don't have much trouble, just close your eyes and let your imagination throw out what insane creatures pop into your head. ;)

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*chuckles * I use real creatures in our world, as well as make believe ones. :D

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As do I. :D But for people who like everything to be make believe, this is a good way.

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Those are good ideas, however I think that using normal creatures can help make your world...er, I don't know, more 'perceivable' maybe? I mean, if you learn a lot of new creatures, plants, and races, you'll have to think an awful lot to keep all of that sorted out. Plus, it's kinda nice to have things from earth in Fantasy worlds IMO, it makes you feel more 'at home' visualizing the story.


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Well, that is a good opinion, but like I said before, some people like to make up new creatures, and this thread is to help them, not for saying that you don't use them.

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When did I say I don't use made up creatures? :/ I think you may have misunderstood me, I was only trying to say that I would rather write (and read, for that matter) a story that has a good balance of 'normal' creatures (I include dwarves and other creatures that are made up but not real in this category along with real creatures) and completely new, made up creatures than a story that is full of completely new, made up creatures because I think I would be overwhelmed trying to picture all of the new things and make sure I don't get them mixed up. I also was trying to say that your post helped me, I like your idea and might use it to make up a creature later on. I'm sorry I didn't make that more clear, sometimes I'm not a very good communicator, you'll just have to read my posts carefully, and be patient with me. ;)


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When introducing a new creature, you need to give your reader something to grasp; a way to imagine it. So, you could start with a familiar animal---say, a horse---and change it, tweaking it to be fantastical. Your "horse" can have a round, muscular body (normal), and four long legs with hooves (normal), then have blue fur and a lion-like tail, and make mewing sounds. See, by making it similar to a horse, your reader can visualize it, and know its purpose in your world.

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That definitely helps, I've read a sci-fi that did things like that and it made it easier for me...I'll also keep that in mind for my own sub-creations, thanks for the tip!


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Green Mist? I think that with science fiction, you definitely want to make up lots of new animals. However, with fantasy, I think this is not necessary. Your author friends don't need to think that using Earth animals is unoriginal, any more than using humans is unoriginal. Or using grass. Or trees.

Don't be unoriginal just for the sake of being unoriginal. As long as you are not copying anybody, it is best just to think about how your world works. If you are using your imagination, it will be unique.

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Sorry for misunderstanding, Wolf. And Aemi, I think that it is not NECESSARY for either genre to have made up creatures. But I think that it would work best for fantasy since, in essence, fantasy IS made up. Now, I would appreciate it if we stopped discussing this matter so that the thread doesn't get all filled up with these comments. Thank you.

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Good tips, Green. :D I like a mixture of both made up and already existing creatures. I think the originality all depends on how you portray the creature. And when you create a new creature, describing is very necessary so your readers can visualize. :D They do add originality, no one can deny that. *Likes made up creatures*

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*Nods* I love using made up creatures, Green. Although it can be hard sometimes, to think them up.

(For those of you wishing to discuss real creatures in a fantasy world, a new thread for that would be awesome, so do feel free to make one! I see an interesting discussion forming there. :) )


Green, I once took a tiger like creature, and made it have red eyes that glowed, a distinctive foul odour about it, and the ability to run amazingly fast. That was a bit different. :) And I also have made up some new creatures in Tevo as well. It's fun to be creative with your imagination, I think. :D

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Yes it is. :D I created two creatures (which have threads here in the Bestiary) called the Saraneeks and the Corinths. The Corinths are like a really long Earthly lizard, except it has some strange characteristics, like it's number of eyes. And the Saraneeks are like a really skinny toucans but with a couple of... stranger characteristics.

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Yes it is. :D I created two creatures (which have threads here in the Bestiary) called the Saraneeks and the Corinths. The Corinths are like a really long Earthly lizard, except it has some strange characteristics, like it's number of eyes. And the Saraneeks are like a really skinny toucans but with a couple of... stranger characteristics.


I saw those. Really interesting ideas. I like the names you have called them as well. :)

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I actually have not introduced any made-up animals into my story. Unless you count the unicorn, which I basically lifted directly out of traditional mythology.

I have designed a kind of dragon, though.

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Thank you Elanor!

And that's really cool, Aemi!

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And for those of you that don't have much trouble, just close your eyes and let your imagination throw out what insane creatures pop into your head. ;)

That's pretty much what I do. :rofl: However, I try and keep my creatures scientifically feasible. :D

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Green Mist wrote:
And for those of you that don't have much trouble, just close your eyes and let your imagination throw out what insane creatures pop into your head. ;)

That's pretty much what I do. :rofl: However, I try and keep my creatures scientifically feasible. :D


That is important, but in fantasy isn't there a little more leeway?

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