Floss wrote:krastev wrote:Floss wrote:please don,t do that.
Star Trek's Klingon, Avatar's Na'vi, Lord of the Rings' Quenya, Sindarin...
So why not?
two of those are tv/movie settings where the created languages are designed to flit by in a few moments and are never actually dwelled upon or intended to be understood. the actor conveys the meaning through emotion, but it,s either meant to be glossed over, or it,s translated via subtitles/actual liveaction translation.
if you look at lotr -- how many made up words actually are there. names, sure. places, obviously. but you have to do a fair bit of reading to find them.
i,d have been more impressed if you,d used the examples of lewis carroll or the absolutely delightful walter moers, but again, with the exception of the very short work of jabberwocky, how many new words did they actually use between them, and how frequently were they deployed.
let,s do some maths on the scenario proposed by our young hero. let,s conservatively say that thousands of new words means two thousand -- the smallest number that logically fits that description. in a 50,000 word novel , assuming the words are actually used -- otherwise why bother -- that means at least 1 word in every 25 is made up. let,s say that each word is used at least twice -- again otherwise why bother inventing a word, and my scrivener stats on word frequency say that 3-6x is pretty standard for the more obscure words in a novel length manuscript so 2x is conservative... that means that actually 1 in every 12ish words is made up. that,s roughly 1 a sentence.
how tiring would that book be to read.
go back and compare that to lotr -- how many sentences do you go through before you come to an invented word that isn,t a place or character name. let,s make it easier... how many pages. or is it actually chapters.
my advice -- don,t do it. it,s a lot of effort for something that you,re bound to overuse. just write in the language your reader speaks. after you,ve finished your first draft, if you still think that the manuscript would be improved with some colourful elements then go back and tastefully add.
unless you, re walter moers
tl;dr -- please don,t do that
Your personal opinion is totally irrelevant. You may not enjoy it and/or find it difficult to read but that's just you. Some people love it. Let the OP write what his heart desire.