imagine a tic-tac-toe grid, and place consonants in it like so:
the order might change! see here
the edges that each consonant touches make up the shape for that consonant (e.g. p is
you can then write that shape with:
- equal-length edges to add a, e.g.
- at least one different-length edge to add e or i, e.g.
___|is pe or pi
- at least one different-length edge and a dot/dash/squiggle (placed such that it clearly belongs to the glyph) to add o or u, e.g.
___¦is po or pu
special case: n can be any closed shape (e.g.
o), and to achieve a different-length edge you should draw a line sticking out of it (e.g.
ᑭ); if there is a dot but no sticky-out line it’s treated as a lone n (e.g.
_| ꙩ is pan)
coda n can be written either like wo/wu or like na with a dot
lone vowels are written as just lines (either vertical or horizontal), with short
_ being a and long
___ being e/i etc
writing order is roughly top-to-bottom left-to-right with explicitly no required baselines; as long as it’s readable you can go ham (including putting glyphs in other glyphs)
spacing between words is usually nonexistent unless needed, e.g. to disambiguate between kalama and kala ma; one could also use nubs or something to mark stress instead, or switch between colors on every word
the lines can also be as short or as long as you want, with the caveat that long enough dashes might be confused for vowels
if you need to disambiguate between e/i or o/u (e.g. in names or ken/kin or just all the time if you really wanna) you can either:
- make the lines for i/u distinctly longer than for e/o, or
- extend one of the lines for i/u a bit past its neighbors so that it forms an intersection, e.g.
_|___for ki; for vowel glyphs, either add a nub in the middle (
__|__) or make it cross the line wherever (