What Re-Entry Stress Can Teach You about Your Changed Character

What Re-Entry Stress Can Teach You about Your Changed Character

Jake Buller, Guest Contributor
Sometimes when people talk about cross-cultural interactions, they put the emphasis on culture shock. What is more rarely spoken of (but common to the experience of those who cross cultures) is what is sometimes called reverse culture shock. It’s getting culture shock in your own culture. It’s also an aspect of story that is sometimes neglected by writers.

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Inventing a Language That’s More Than Stock Fantasy Sounds

Inventing a Language That’s More Than Stock Fantasy Sounds

Two years ago I flipped to the blank pages at the back of the One Year Adventure Novel workbook and started sketching out a language. Most of the words were typical first-try fare ending in –ess or –ira or some other stock fantasy suffix. I managed to add only one or two creative elements before realizing that the project was probably doomed.

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