Things to consider when creating a magic system

So I found this on tumblr and I felt like it needed to be shared. So when creating a magic system in your story as a writer they are some things you should consider and they are:

  • What are the drawbacks of using magic? Does it have mental, physical, and/or emotional consequences for the user?
  • What tools are needed to harness magic? Wands? Spells? Magical artifacts?
  • How do people learn magic? Instinct? In school? From family members?
  • Can everyone use magic or are only certain people capable of using it?
  • Is the capability to use magic hereditary? What about different ways of using magic (transformation powers, teleportation, etc.)?
  • What is impossible for magic to do?
  • How long does it take to master different magical skills?
  • Can creatures other than humans learn magic? Are different creatures better at using different kinds of magic?
  • Does it require spells to be spoken, written, or thought?
  • Is it possible for someone to lose their magical abilities?
  • How do characters’ emotions affect their ability to use magic? Do their emotions affect the magic’s intensity or controllability?
  • How does the strength of a person’s magical abilities change as they age?
  • Can people normally perform any kind of magic or can they only perform things that fall under their specialty? Are their exceptions?
  • What rules restrict magic use in society?
  • How do people’s magical abilities impact their career prospects?
  • What kinds of magic are the most feared or seen as the most powerful? Which are seen as mere jokes?
  • How do people use magic to help with everyday tasks?
  • Can magical energy be stored for later use?
  • What objects or other factors can amplify someone’s magical powers?
  • When do magical abilities initially manifest? From birth? At a certain age? Under certain conditions?
  • What is the first spell a character is likely to learn?
  • What happens if a spell is performed incorrectly? Nothing at all? A weaker version of the intended results? Pain?
  • Can different spell casting methods be used to obtain the same result? What are their advantages and disadvantages?

credits: https://sandydragon1.tumblr.com/post/186779011406/

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Magic systems are rad to think about, Shannii made a rad blog post all about it

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oooooh thank you for these!
these are v useful for worldbuilding

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Did someone say world building?

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knew that’d summon you
but yeah owo i feel like you’d like these questions for… reasons bro

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I love them bro >:3

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Moved into writing help and advice

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