I suppose as a fantasy writer it was bound to come up. My question is just how magical I should make my world be?
I feel like there are some stories like Ranger’s Apprentice that are fantasy but hardly have any magic in them; they are just different worlds. I would like my worlds to be extremely magical, in the sense that my world is incredible and new and exciting (like a “magical” moment), but I’m not sure that I want it to be too focused on spells and charms. I have an incredibly charming enigmatic slave in my story but I am not sure whether to make him really clever and quick with his hands or whether I should take it to the next level and have him actually be able to make things vanish. I’m not sure whether I want to try explain some of the things that happen in my story as a natural phenomena or from magical causes.
I feel like I’m probably over thing this whole thing a bit much but I think there really is a rather fine line between magic and science. I would be perfectly content to call my morning coffee magic. I’m sleepy and crabby and then after a mocha I’m cheerful, energetic, and an entirely a new person. I want to have the kind of magic that you find in coffee and love in my book…I guess you could call it the natural magic, but I also think I will include at least a little of the spells sort of magic…I guess you could call that wizards magic:)
Any opinions on the subject?
Well, I’m off to go wrestle with the magical elements of my book:)