Create a Magic System: Social Implications

Know the effects that magic use has on society. Unless the ability to use magic is something that everyone has to the same degree, it is yet another personal difference that will set magic users apart. You need to decide both how others respond to this difference and how magic users themselves respond to this […]

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Create a Magic System: Magic User Character Traits

Yesterday we looked at building backstory for a group’s ability to use magic. Today we look at how the ability to use magic shapes the typical individual. We look at creating life-styles, personality traits, and common feelings that are rooted in the ability to use magic. Magic use might foster particular life-styles. The reclusive nature […]

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Create a Magic System: Magic User Backstory

Know your typical magic user before you start getting creative. Know who can do it and why, as well as how it affects the character on a personal level. This will give you part of the typical personality, background, and life of a magic user. While these traits might vary between types of magic users, […]

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Create a Magic System: Types of Magic and Magic Users

Types of magic structures and types of magic users are closely intertwined since the first defines how magic is harnessed into spells and the other is partly defined by how they cast spells. Consider creating multiple types of magic users and magic systems. Doing this gives you more freedom to play with ideas and issues. […]

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Write What You Know in Fantasy and Paranormal

Counter-intuitive? Not at all. I write magic and dragons and don’t think I have a harder time than a contemporary writer with this issue. If you are writing fiction, you are expected to use a little imagination to bring it to life anyway. I don’t think the old adage is meant to be taken literally. […]

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