Greetings, fellow robo-- I mean, humans! It's day VI.
My original plans when it came to making conlangs (constructed languages) for my book was that I would actually put in the effort to make a bunch of different languages -- one for each major culture.
Then, I realized how much work that'd be and I said I would only make 3 language: Ndangi (spoken in Ndangi), Onoshoan (spoken in Onosho), and Jorunian (spoken everywhere else as the standard, like English is today or French was a couple centuries ago). And I was perfectly fine with that.
But now, I've realized that I want my world to be as authentic as possible. I won't fully develop every language, maybe, but I will at least make all the conlangs I need to really feel that authenticity. But this means one big thing:
I've got to make a proto-language.
Which is something I've never even considered before. A proto-lang is a language or conlang that is the ancestor of one or more (usually more) modern languages. And making more languages for my story means that what was once Jorunian is going to be split into four -- Akarnian (and a primary dialect of it, Shalian, which my protagonist speaks), Etaran, and Ukkan. Those three (and more that just aren't really important to the story, so I won't make them) will all have evolved from Proto-Jorunian.
This also means another thing: I need to stop writing for a bit to work on the conlangs, lest I become more attached to names and suchlike than I already am and feel unable to change anything.
I will have to change my character names, place names, and more.
That is an incredibly difficult thing to do after I've been working with the names I have for nearly seven months. So to do it most efficiently, I am going to take a break from actual writing. During the Month of Simplification, I'm going to count my conlanging work toward writing, so long as I get a lot done each day. And when I can, I'm going to try and squeeze in actual writing as well.
I hope this works out.
EDIT: I'm gonna be lazy again
Okay, so, I know I'm not supposed to go back on stuff, but I've realized again that I was very rational in not having a desire to build a million languages.
Here's what I've decided:
I hope you will agree with me that this is not entirely a cop-out, but a compromise, as prior to this post I was planning on only making 2 languages (Onoshoan and Ndangi), and just have my secondary protagonist (who comes from Ndangi) already happen to speak Jorunian as a second language. See? Not entirely a cop-out.
See you tomorrow, and thanks for reading!