@andrew I’ve never made up an entire race actually! Well, not anything as far from humans as elves or dwarves. I have however created different countries and developed the people’s cultures, customs, government, etc around myths and the resources they have.
I started off by making a questionnaire sheet to fill in for the different countries. That helped with the early stages of devolvement and helped me get the over all picture of the country, then once I had that, I began building on those foundations and went into detail. It was really fun!
How do you go about brainstorming and creating new species, races, etc?