“Why break my system?” you ask. Simple. Just as no battle plan survives contact with the enemy, no magic system survives contact with your readers.
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.
With the next addition to the Star Wars Saga soon to enter our lives, I thought today we could take a quick look at the Force as a Magic System. We can talk gritty details in the future; for now, I want to focus on how the Force plays into the movies and make a couple of predictions for things to come.
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.
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