I love magic.
I love it when reading. Barbara Hambly’s ‘Sorcerer’s Ward’ completely captivated me and pretty much any book that involves witches, wizards, mages, sorcerers, etc will be read eagerly.
When I play an RPG I almost always choose a magic user rather than a warrior. I usually regret this about halfway through the first area as the magic users usually start out as extremely weak characters and you tend to die a lot until you develop some strong magic, but I still do it. As much fun as having my video character hit things with an axe might be, I’d rather set fire to things with my mind. Or cause them to disintegrate. And once your character has levelled up some, the warrior doesn’t stand a chance against the magic user.
As a teenager I followed all the appropriate television shows (Buffy, Angel, Charmed, etc). Magic works for me.
That said, my first MS doesn’t really use magic. There are gods and a few powers floating around, but not really magic. I had to rectify this situation.
Cue the draft from hell that has been sitting in printed form on my desk for the better part of the year and is still mostly terrible. I have mentioned it on my previous blog but as I get through editing my first MS and getting it ready for publishing, this second one is really starting to annoy me.
There is an abundance of magic. It is set in a world run by Mages and they are as arrogant and horrible as you would expect a group of people who can kill all non-magic users with a look to be. Hence we have a setting and conflict already exists and it doesn’t take much imagination to build a central problem from this.
I have an ensemble of characters ranging in strength and position within the society. Each has backstory (some of it scribbled in notebooks as it never made the draft) and a goal and they are all provided with motivation and the relationships are established between them, etc, etc.
The setting works. The characters work. The plot works. The draft stinks. While magic is present within my draft, there is very little that is magical about it.
Obviously I’ve worked on other projects but I keep coming back to this one because I want it to work. I love the ideas and I spent a lot of time on it. However I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to just break it all down into its basic components and start over. The thought makes me appreciate editing again.
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