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
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
3 Resources You Need to Start Your Magic Now It doesn’t matter if the inspiration came in the form of your favorite authors latest book, a fever-dream not yet washed from this reality, or 1.21 Gigawatts straight from the Gods and into your brain. You’re here because you want to build a totally kick-ass magic system. Well, my divinely charged friend, you have come to the right place.
Building Marvelous Magic Stage 3: Defining Your System Maybe you woke up this morning with a brand new magic system bursting from your skull. Or maybe you’ve been working on a specific system for years and just want it to be the best it can be. Then again, maybe you have a kick-ass story and the only thing missing is some equally kick-ass magic. Regardless of the origin,
WellHiThere! How are things on the magic front? Any problems trimming your magic system? If I had to guess, I would say… “Hard,” and “Yes.” But let’s be honest, it’s always hard developing something of quality. At least that’s what I tell myself ever night I cry myself to sleep over the corpses of dead stories and half-written blog posts. Anyhow, last time we talked about magic I did my very
Yes! Here’s Seven-ish Reasons Why Hookay, so, here’s the world and here’s you. The long process of building and planning a magic system has begun, and it’s going to change the aforementioned world. You’ve already been working hard to brainstorm the very coolest bits of imagination you can harvest from your overtaxed brain-space. The ideas have finally started flowing and the pages runneth over with details about the magic, the world, and
Types of Magic: Hard, Soft, or In-between? Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links Welcome to Part Three on Building Magic Systems. By now you should understand that planning is important and be accompanied by a veritable horde of ideas. Before you proceed developing your own blend of magic, there is an important question I want you to answer. What type of magic is it? I’m not talking about the theme, effects, or even visual
Brainstorming Your Magic: 4 Important Questions You Need to Ask Welcome back to the series on How to Build/Understand a Magic System. Last time I showed you how important planning is to a robust magic system. We also talked briefly about what constitutes magic and how this series can help you even if you aren’t designing a system of your own. At first glance a post on brainstorming seems tailored