Before you can move on to defining your magic in Stage 3, you’ve got to do a basic alignment check on your magic system first. Today, we’re going to walk through a high-level alignment exercise to do exactly that, AND we’re going to do it in nine minutes.
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
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