What’s up, storytellers? I’m C. R. Rowenson, The Magic Engineer, and it’s time to talk about magic. In this article, I’m going to give you a NaNoWriMo magic system that you can use in your novel. In fact, I’m going to give you five. If you aren’t aware of what that is, that is National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, all of November, and it, uh… it snuck
Are you ready? I hope you are. Because this is a topic I’ve been wanting to talk about for a really long time now. In this article, we’re going to be talking about the structure of Allomancy in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I’ve wanted to do this for so long. Oh my God, this is going to be great! I want to be clear upfront, this is not going to
When possible, I like my videos and articles to get into the details of building magic systems and tweaking them, how they work and how to fix them. This one is less technical and more fun as we look at three magic systems that I really like and I think you should check out. I’m just a little overloaded at the moment. I just finished running an Indiegogo campaign for
The Magic System Blueprint in Action Normally I’d make a proper blog post out of this content, but I am currently swamped managing the Indiegogo Campaign and editing my book. For now, I have simply added the video transcript. What’s up, storytellers? I’m C. R. Rowenson, The Magic Engineer, and it’s time to talk about magic. If you’re new to the channel. Welcome. Here’s where we talk about how to
What’s up storyteller? Today’s article is going to be a little bit different because I have spent a long time developing a tool called the Magic System Blueprint, and I want to talk about that with you today. Whether it’s Harry Potter’s witchcraft and wizardry, the superpowers of Marvel, or the Star Wars hyperdrives, good magic systems enhance and augment every aspect of a story. But building a good magic
Updated May-26-2021 / Originally Published Dec-11-2016 Formerly “Types of Magic Part 1: Hard Magic, Soft Magic, and Everything In-between” What’s up storytellers? I’m C. R. Rowenson, the magic engineer, and it’s time to talk about magic. It’s here. The time has come for us to talk about the types of magic systems. So in this article, we’re going to talk about the four. Yes, four universal types of magic systems.
Updated Mar. 31st, 2021 Originally Published Sept. 5th, 2018 What’s up, storytellers? I’m C. R. Rowenson, and it’s time to talk about magic. Specifically, about how to create a magic system I’ve built a lot of magic systems over the years, dozens of them, both on my own and while helping various authors build their own systems. While going through all of that, I discovered that there’s a seven-stage process
I throw the term “Magic System” around a lot these days, especially building and blogging about them. Today we are going address some of the basics. By the end of the post, you will have a better understanding of what magic is, where it fits in with fiction, why you need a system, and most importantly, start you on the road to building one yourself.
As a magic-builder and writer, you will get asked many questions about your story, your world, and your magic system. There is one question in particular that I’m sure you’ve already been asked many times, and it is vital that you have a good answer prepared. The Question: How common is magic in your world? To properly answer this question, you need to analyze one of the fundamental qualities all