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The Ten Rules of Writing Magic

Magic is ubiquitous in fantasy - much like advanced technology in science fiction - and for good reason. Spells and potions can add intrigue and complexity to an otherwise everyday narrative. When they are used improperly, however, they can destroy reader credibility, erase drama and suspense, and punch holes in your plot. Want to wield magic like a pro? Masterful sorcery begins with these ten simple rules (most apply to technology too, sci-fi writers): (Read more »)

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