January 10th, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.2: World Building Flora and Fauna

Writing Excuses 7.2: World Building Flora and Fauna

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/01/08/writing-excuses-7-2-world-building-flora-and-fauna/

Key Points: Use descriptive names. Realistic evolutionary biology versus that's cool. You don't have to explain everything. Consider water, wood, other finite resources. Consider food. And what about lifecycles? And don't forget weather! Work animals build civilization. Another resource is extinct animals.
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[Dan] No, I don't. I'm hiding it very well. What I want you to do is take...
[Snoring]
[Dan] Thank you, Howard. Take an animal that is... Because I was just talking about this... A horrible pack animal. Take a pig. Then devise a culture where someone has actually trained pigs to plow fields, and to move all this stuff, and how does that work when your only pack animal is a wild boar... Or a domesticated boar?
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