How to get rid of perfectionism

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How to get rid of perfectionism

Post by CrazyEttin » 11 Mar 2011 18:42

Long story short: I'm trying to create an island for speakers of my conlang (I like the idea of having a history for my conlangs, it makes them feel more alive), and i've made literally hundreds of different designs of the island. The problem is, i think none of them is good enough. The problem is made worse by the fact that i study geology: Even if the island would look just fine to non-geologist, all i see is a geology that couldn't exist in real world.

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Re: How to get rid of perfectionism

Post by Omzinesý » 11 Mar 2011 18:56

What a problem. I drew an Amán map about five years ago, and I have probably lost even it. Only imagination is perfect.

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Re: How to get rid of perfectionism

Post by MrKrov » 11 Mar 2011 19:14

If you know why an island'd be impossible in real life, I find it odd you couldn't just make one that avoids those pitfalls.

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Re: How to get rid of perfectionism

Post by CrazyEttin » 11 Mar 2011 19:23

MrKrov wrote:If you know why an island'd be impossible in real life, I find it odd you couldn't just make one that avoids those pitfalls.
Yeah, but those islands have other errors in them. Perfectionism isn't logical.

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Post by Ossicone » 11 Mar 2011 19:32

Just copy an existing island?

Or go 'Fuck it. Of course it's impossible - it's not real.'

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Post by cybrxkhan » 11 Mar 2011 20:25

Ossicone wrote: Or go 'Fuck it. Of course it's impossible - it's not real.'
Rule of cool/unrealism/fantasy/whatever has to beat reality occasionally in conworlding, if not frequently.
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Re: How to get rid of perfectionism

Post by CrazyEttin » 11 Mar 2011 21:37

I finally managed to convince myself that my latest island design was good enough. Or well, i haven't. I just started to design the culture and language of the people living there, and as both of them are linked to their enviroment (eg. names for animals and plants) i can't change the island itself after i've written enough about it. :D

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Re: How to get rid of perfectionism

Post by Chelsara » 11 Mar 2011 21:50

You could make it be just an island without design for now, or something. Then you can say the capital is in the south and there is a major bay in the east, for example.

Alternatively, if they are a more primitive people, you could make the map like an old map, with exaggerations and errors:
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