Today, we will look at how I took the knowledge gained from my research and developed more ideas for the viral magic system. That’s right, more brainstorming!
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
3 Big Reasons to Use Subject Matter Expertise in Your Magic Welcome back! This is Part II of our little discussion on using Subject Matter Expertise with your magic. A couple posts back we took a look at this topic, discussing in broad terms some of the ways it can help you, how other authors have used it, and how to use it yourself. Today we’re going to take a
How to Make Building Magic Easy with Subject Matter Expertise Even with everything we’ve discussed in the 4 Stages of Building Marvelous Magic, building a new system is always a bit daunting. Experience helps. It helps a lot. But that sense of dread and overwhelm doesn’t ever go away completely… at least it never has for me. Fortunately, there are still a couple of things you can do to make
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.
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