Alright so here's my new dilemma. I've got three cities that exist in my novel; one is a trade hub surrounded by mountains and sided by a rather large ocean. It's part of the main island, with the center being a lustrous plain. The next is a science hub, a place for research and manufacturing everything amazing. It's relatively beautiful for an industrial city, and it hovers (yes, it is a sky city) in the midst of an almost perfectly round crater. The last is basically the Chicago of the three. It is just massive, and serves as a home for refugees and a ruthless militia. Now, on the contrary, I feel like I can bring these cities to life in my mind, but when I get to paper, the life-like animation they once held in thought is no devoid and no longer flows. I'd really love to see them blossom, since one of them is my Main Character's birthplace, which she has a strong love and sense of protection for. I wish to know: How does one go about creating a flowing city that is both jam packed with people, trading, working etc.. without being too plain? Sorry about the long post, this has been bothering me for quite some time.