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
Generating Deadly Ideas for Our Viral Magic System Part 1 of Building a Viral Magic System I’m so excited! This system has been kicking around in my head for over a year; I can’t believe I’m finally building it. This will be an awesome series, and I can already tell. Whenever I work with someone starting a new magic system, I always recommend beginning with Stage 0 to pinpoint where to
Brainstorming and Idea Generation is a vital part of any creative endeavor, and building a magic system is no different. You’ve got to invent creative effects, decide on rules, build in quirks, identify complications, and keep it running smoothly without ruining your plot. Here are nine tips and tricks to guide you before, during and after your brainstorming session. I hope they help.