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Questions to Ask When Creating Fictional Ethnicities

Something I love to learn about, both in real life and in my story-worlds, are different cultures to my own. It's fascinating! I could rant for days on how complex cultures are, and what 'culture' even entails, but that's not what we're here for! 

    Today I'm hoping to help you out by asking you some questions about a people group, or ethnicity, in your world. It's so important to have a mix of people groups in your story-world, as it makes it realistic, and intriguing for the reader. But where do you start? How do you know what to focus on? Here are some questions I hope will get you started, and inspire you!



1) What region/land did this ethnicity originally belong to? Are they still living in a similar geographical location, or have they been forced to leave their land, or did they migrate? Why?

2) Above all, what values does this ethnicity hold above all others? For example, is physical strength valued above everything else, or love, or family, or persona…

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