Naming People & Places: The Hardest 90% of Worldbuilding OnDemand Webinar
Naming characters and places is a challenge unique to the science fiction and fantasy genres, which often can't rely on any connection to the real world at all. In this presentation, author Philip Athans gets into some specific, actionable advice to help your invented words sound real and your ordinary words take on strange new meaning. Learn when to set your own grammar and usage rules and when not to, and when to invent a new word for something that has never, and likely will never exist in real life.
Philip Athans is the founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consulting, and the bestselling author of Annihilation and more than a dozen other fantasy and horror books, including The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction and Writing Monsters. Born in Rochester, New York, he grew up in suburban Chicago where he published the literary magazine Alternative Fiction & Poetry. His blog, Fantasy Author's Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans. He makes his home in the foothills of the Washington Cascades, east of Seattle.
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