Last week Gabrielle shared reflections on what learning Mandarin Chinese has taught her about language—and by extension, inventing a new language. She continues the mini-series today.
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.