Your Hosts: Brandon, Dan, Howard, and Mahtab
Let’s design magic systems! We talk about how we do it, and how the principles of magic system design apply to the science fiction systems we create, and vice-versa.
NOTE: In this episode we’re talking about “hard” magic systems, where there are well-defined rule sets (even if the reader isn’t shown them explicitly.) Next week we’ll talk about “soft” magic.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Take a “soft” magic system, and turn it into a “hard” system. Give Gandalf rules
Microcasting again! The questions we fielded from the Twitterverse include:
- How do you hold the whole story in your head when it’s a thousand pages long?
- What steps do you use when creating a character?
- As an outliner, when do you start putting in the details?
- How do you patch plot holes?
- How do you come up with names?
- Is there one writing skill you’d like to get better at?
- Writing groups: what do you look for?
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, narrated by Bronson Pinchot
As Promised, Here is a Link: The Everchanging Book of Names
Speaking of the Twitterverse: The Writing Excuses team is BrandSanderson, MaryRobinette, HowardTayler, JohnCleaver (Dan), and MonkeySloth (Producer Jordo).
Writing Prompt: Someone has to save the world from an intercontinental ballistic hairball, but their keyboard layout has been changed.
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