Hey, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers- How To Conlang


There are a lot of speculative fiction writers out there working hard to create their own fictional worlds, with imagined histories, cultures and worlds. And that’s awesome! But what a lot of writers find intimidating is coming up with unique names for all of their characters and settings.

You could, of course, come up with a conlang. But making up a whole new language sounds so hard! Well, what if i told you it doesn’t have to be?

I’ve made a lot of conlangs in my time, and below is my simple method for making quick and useable conlangs.

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