3 Things to Remember when Writing Magic by Rebekah R. Ganiere

Hello Everyone! I’m Rebekah R. Ganiere and I write in a ton of genres. Almost every single one has a common thread though, magic.

In everything I write somehow there is a thread of magic. Whether is be Werewolves that shift or zombies with telekinesis or steampunk gadgets or aliens with mind powers. All of them employ a portion of magic.

There is so much more that goes into building a magic system than just throwing some fancy Latin words together to create a spell. When adding magic into your story, you have to consider all of these things…and more! Yes, lots more!

  • What is Magic?
  • Who can use it?
  • Magic Dominions.
  • Magical Aids.
  • Rules.
  • Magic vs. Technology.
  • Fighting with Magic.
  • Magic isn’t always the answer.
  • History of Magic in your world.

This list doesn’t cover every aspect, but there are three very important aspects that must be known for the world building to be considered realistic. I’m going to share the three tips that I feel is the most important to me when I’m building worlds for my books.

Tip 1: Magic isn’t a catch all.

When you use magic, it’s a tool, like a sword or a book. It shouldn’t be used to fix everything. Magic isn’t what you use to win the fight, it’s what you use to get you to the point where you can win.

Tip 2: Magic needs Rules.

Yes, you can have magic that does everything, helps everything. Without thinking your characters can throw magic around and make it do whatever they want, but that’s neither realistic nor is it something readers will read for long. It’s too easy. So make rules.

Tip 3: Magic needs a cost.

All magic needs to cost something. It can’t be free or where’s the tension? If you can get what you want, when you want it, what’s the fun in that? After a while you’d get bored, lazy and tired. And so will your magic users if they use their magic all the time without some cost.

Rebekah is her workshop, Build YOUR Authentic World of Magic and Magic Systems at SavvyAuthors starting on September 19th.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

[box] Rebekah’s Bio

RebekahGanierePicRebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her new series Shifter Rising is released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her teaching on or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark [/box].

[box] Newest Release: Cursed by the Moon

cursed_ganiereIf they can open up to love, they could save each other from their pasts.

Shifter Rising, Book 2
Noah was bitten by a werewolf in Afghanistan. Now back stateside he finds himself not only with new afflictions and nightmares, but a completely new creature. Noah wants nothing more than to end his pain, when the Night Shift steps in and relocates him to Malibu California to build a new life. The problem is, Noah’s beautiful new roommate Cara and her friends are what he hates most in the world. Werewolves.

Between being attacked six months prior, and her mother’s death, Cara struggles to keep herself together. But when wounded and broken Noah comes into her life she finds safety in his arms and opens herself up for the first time in years to the possibility of healing and moving on.

As Noah and Cara draw closer to finding the love that could heal both their souls, secrets from their pasts threaten to tear them apart. And when those secrets come to light it will take a bond beyond love to keep them together.

Beware: Contains a Hunky Alpha Marine with lots of baggage and a sweet hometown girl hoping to win his heart.[/box]

Rebekah is an USA Today Bestselling - Award Winning Author. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list the first day, in January 2014. H...
Oh I so wanted to take this work shop, but I don't have $35 or even $25 if I were a premium member. It is exactly what I need to work with my NaNo project this year. Sniff. I wonder if there are books one can go to for more information, like at the library?