This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe, Debbie Viguie, Michael Sullivan and Jordan Ellinger discuss different kinds of magic systems!
Witchery and necromancy and mojo and hoodoo, no matter what you call it, magic is integral to many stories in fiction. We’ve spoken about detailed magic systems that are thoroughly explained. But what about softer magic systems?
Magic systems don’t always have to be hyper-detailed, many authors prefer a much more vague system used mainly for mood, and setting, and backdrop, creating the illusion about how it might be possible rather than explaining it like a science.
Using soft magic systems like that are just as effective and evocative as any hard system; it just depends on what kind of story you want to tell.
Happy Hallow’s Eve, dear listeners! Don’t use up all the fireballs and bat wings this weekend!