Maybe you’re the one who broke it, or maybe someone else pointed it out to you. Either way, you’ve put a lot of work has gone into your magic system, and the last thing we want is for it to stay broken. We need to fix it. Fast.
My, my, my. You have been busy. I bet your ideas are flitting about like hummingbirds on amphetamines as a genuinely awesome magic system takes form.
Well, I’ve got some bad news. As pretty as those drug-birds might be, the next step is to catch a few and clip their wings. I know this sounds cruel, but for the sake of your magic system, proper boundary conditions must be applied.
Congratulations! You’ve generated oodles of ideas and optimized alignment, and you’re finally ready to start defining your magic system. Stage 3 is where your magic system should start taking on shape, becoming more awesome and more unique with every step. This stage is also massive, so we’re just going to take it one piece at a time.
That starts today as we take a closer look at the basics of magic system variables, what they are and how they affect your magic.
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.
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
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.