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Maybe you’ve never been one for magic, but it might be the missing spice your story needs to reach true greatness. Or you’ve been working on your magic for years and can’t seem to get all the pieces to fit together just right. It’s also possible you’ve got a brand new system squirming around inside you and trying to burst from your chest like a stage-two Xenomorph.
All you need now is a way to survive the process. Relax. You’ve come to the right place!
Magic is anything that enables actions or abilities beyond our current reality and understanding. That means a Magic System is the organization and structure placed around these abilities to provide an endless variety of flare and intrigue to your fiction.
Magic can create a tremendous sense of wonder and awe, like in Harry Potter. It can be used as a cornerstone for building your characters and worlds, like the awesome and terrifying adventures within The Dresden Files. Or it can be broken down with such diligence it almost feels like a new and awesome form of science, like in The Iron Druid Chronicles.
Magic is nothing more or less than exactly what you want it to be, whether that is the almost mechanical use of Allomancy in the Mistborn Trilogy or something far more nebulous and unknown like in The Black Company. Magic – including super powers, elemental forces, high magic, or sufficiently advanced technology – is the single best thing about reading and writing fiction.
Since it’s so important, we better make sure we do it right.