Building Viral Magic: A Stage 1 Walkthrough I had a crazy thought today. How about, instead of talking at you with a bunch of gibberish you may or may not understand, I show you part of the magic building process. More specifically, I’ll show you how I used my brainstorming pillars to work through Stage 1 and develop early sketches of a Virus-based Magic system. Read? Thumbs up, let’s do this. LEEEROOOY—
I don’t know exactly where you are relative to the creation of your magic. This could be your first time and this shared intimacy makes you blush, or mayhaps you’ve already popped out a dozen arcane mind-children and are ready for more. For simplicity, let’s assume you’re ready to start building a new system, be it your first or your twentieth. Either way, idea generation is always the first stage.
Stage 2 of Building Marvelous Magic: Aligning Your System Building a Marvelous Magic System is just like any other part of writing fiction: Done correctly, it makes the world come alive, ignites the reader’s imagination, and is completely unique. Done poorly or carelessly, magic can cause more harm than good. This is true for most elements of a story, but magic is different in one important way. There isn’t
A Lesson from Michaelbrent Collings This post contains affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you I’m going to be frank, this has not been a good month. There’s a lot of reasons for this and those receiving my newsletter know why. The short version–didn’t know there was a short version, did you?– is that things are busy. The “Day Job” has required
The 4 Stages of Building Marvelous Magic Building a marvelous magic system is just like any other part of writing fiction: When done correctly, it makes the world come alive, ignites the reader’s imagination, and is completely unique to you, the author. But crafted poorly or carelessly, it does more harm than good. This is true for most elements of a story, but magic is different in one important
What’s Your Favorite Magic System and Why? Seriously, fess up. I want to know… If I share my favorite magic system, will you share yours? Whatever, I’m just going to tell you anyway. The Twinborn from Sanderson’s Wax and Wayne Saga This post contains affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you Please understand, I love the original trilogy. In fact, those
3 Resources You Need to Start Your Magic Now It doesn’t matter if the inspiration came in the form of your favorite authors latest book, a fever-dream not yet washed from this reality, or 1.21 Gigawatts straight from the Gods and into your brain. You’re here because you want to build a totally kick-ass magic system. Well, my divinely charged friend, you have come to the right place.
You could say that I’m a fan of magic. [Wait for laughter] You’re right, of course. I’m far more than just a fan. I live for magic, breathing deep the creative fumes until they sear my lungs. There’s nothing I enjoy more than learning of new and creative magic systems and letting my mind run wild. Hopefully, this describes you too. If it doesn’t I’m going to ignore your reality
Building Marvelous Magic Stage 3: Defining Your System Maybe you woke up this morning with a brand new magic system bursting from your skull. Or maybe you’ve been working on a specific system for years and just want it to be the best it can be. Then again, maybe you have a kick-ass story and the only thing missing is some equally kick-ass magic. Regardless of the origin,
Come meet my “Secret” Best Friend Today we aren’t talking about magic, horror, or fiction. This is one of those times that I’ve open up and share a bit of my life with you. If that sounds boring given the utter dearth of useful information, you should probably just skip this one. I’ll just wait for you over here while you decide. via GIPHY If you’re still around, then