With the next addition to the Star Wars Saga soon to enter our lives, I thought today we could take a quick look at the Force as a Magic System. We can talk gritty details in the future; for now, I want to focus on how the Force plays into the movies and make a couple of predictions for things to come.
I’m Just Going to Ask Am I Actually Helping You with Your Magic? Seriously, this is a big deal for me. When I first started writing I was starving for resources. I didn’t know how to build my world, I didn’t know how to tell a story, and I didn’t know how to flay someone alive. Over time I did manage to find a number of books, websites, and mentors
The Alive and Writing Podcast has been running for a full year! Over the course of the past year, you may have noticed we each have our own specialties and interests. Chautona loves marketing and connecting with people, April can’t get enough of research or fountain pens, and I drone on and on about mental health issues.
It’s important to me. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now.
Our very first episode hinged on the idea that “You Are Not Alone”. Now, I’d like to discuss it a little more. “You Are Not Alone” is a simple concept, but it helps me far more than you might suspect.
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