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.
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.
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