Writing About Magic (Writer’s Craft)

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Do you write fantasy fiction? This book is a resource for authors. Crammed with information, tips, and plot ideas, it helps you create stories about magic and magicians which are believable and exciting.

Learn about power-raising, ritual, training, initiation, love spells, sex magic, costuming, equipment, correspondences, magical weapons, healing, protection, miracles, spells, amulets, talismans, curses, hexes, illusionists, charlatans, natural and ceremonial magic, witchcraft, shamanism, alchemy, necromancy, ethics, conflicts, secrecy and more.

Draw up a psychological profile for your magician, invent fictional spells that work, avoid blunders, and create trouble for your characters.

This book is part of the Writer' Craft series (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains etc.), and is especially useful for writers of high fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

British English.


1. MAGICIAN CHARACTERS. Personality Profile. Food for Thought. Assignment

2. MAGIC SYSTEMS: Pick a System. High Magic and Low Magic. Black Magic and White Magic. Ceremonial Magic. Natural Magic. Religious Magic. Alchemy. Traditional Witchcraft. Wiccan Witchcraft. Necromancy. Shamanism. Ancient Egyptian Magic. Folk Magic. Voodoo. Invent a System. Terms, Definitions, Spellings. Blunders to Avoid. Further Reading. Food For Thought. Assignment.

3. TRAINING AND INITIATION. Training Opportunities. School of Magic. Apprenticeship. Self-Study. Part-Time Study Informal Learning. Candidate Selection. The Daily Grind of Learning. Examples from Literature. Initiation. Blunders to Avoid. Food for Thought. Assignment.

4. RITUAL AND POWER-RAISING. Structure of the Ritual. Casting the Circle. Invocation. Altering the State of Consciousness. Raising Power. Speaking the Spell. Dismissing the Spirits. Closing the Circle. Grounding. Keeping Records. Resting. Fiction Ideas for Power-Raising. Blunders to Avoid. Food For Thought. Assignment.

5. LOCATION AND CIRCLE-CASTING. Choosing the venue. How to Cast the Circle. Choosing the Time. Plot Possibilities. Food for Thought. Assignment.

6. COSTUMING AND EQUIPMENT. What the Magician Wears. Equipment. Plot Possibilities. Further Reading Food for Thought. Assignment.
7. PHRASING THE SPELL. How to Write A Spell. Sample Spells. Further Reading. Food for Thought. Assignment.

8. CORRESPONDENCES. Using Charts. Correspondence Topics. List of Colour Correspondences. Further Reading. Food for Thought. Assignment.

9. LOVE SPELLS. Rituals. Clients. Conflicts. Does Your Magician Perform Love Spells? Conflict – Plot Possibilities. Consequences – Plot Possibilities. Further Reading. Food for Thought. Assignment.

10. SEX MAGIC. Power-Raising. Structure of the Ritual. Variations. Plot Possibilities. Further Reading. Assignment.

11. MAGICAL WEAPONS AND WARFARE. Material, Size and Shape. How it Works. Charging and Cleansing. Plot Possibilities. How to Defeat a Magician. Magic in Warfare. Assignment.

12. HEALING AND PROTECTION. Healing. Protection. Guarding Against Harmful Magic. Hexes and Curses. Protection Against Magical Attacks. Talismans and Amulets. Further Reading. Food for Thought. Assignment.

13. ETHICS, CONFLICTS, SECRECY. Ethics. Villainous Ethics. The Wiccan Rede. Secrecy. When Mages Make Mistakes – Plot Possibilities. Outer Conflict – Plot Possibilities. Inner Conflict – Plot Possibilities. Food for Thought. Assignment.

Illusionists. What They Do. How It's Done. Psychological Profile of an Illusionist. Charlatans. Psychological Profile of a Charlatan. Religious Charlatans. Blurred Lines. Plot Possibilities. Assignment.

15. MAGIC IN THE FUTURE. Future Magic Scenarios. Food for Thought. Assignment.

16. FICTION SAMPLES. Short story 'By Your Own Free Will'. Excerpt from Storm Dancer.

FURTHER READING Useful books for further research.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1421 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rayne Hall (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Essential insights if you’re writing stories that include anything magical

8 helpful votes
 on December 18, 2014
By Aisling D.
This is a methodical and analytical overview of the elements every author needs to consider if magic will be an important element in your book. The information is insightful and generally free of cliches. It’s a guide I’ll keep on my Kindle reader. If you’re writing a novel that includes magic, even in a small way, you probably need this book. That applies to witches who are writing, as well, since it’s surprisingly easy to overlook “everyone knows” details (that every reader does not, in fact, know) or have a slightly skewed perspective from experience.

Writing About Magic by Rayne Hall

11 helpful votes
 on May 17, 2014
By Renee Benzaim, Writer
My current WIP is a book about Green Witches in Bakersfield, CA. I’ve read a lot of reference books and visited websites about Green Witchcraft because I want my story to be real – not a made-up fairy-tale about what I think a witch is and does. This book gave me more information and ideas than anything I have read to date. The information was well presented and easy to understand. The references she listed are very appropriate. I did the exercises in the book and that helped me fine-tune the direction my green witch would follow. Thank you Rayne Hall for this very helpful book!

Fantastic Resource

2 helpful votes
 on March 15, 2014
By BrooklynChatty
After years of writing in one genre, I decided to try my hand at fantasy. While I’m a fan of the genre, I don’t have a great depth of magical knowledge. I had some ideas about how and why magic could be used in my world, but something wasn’t clicking. I was feeling insecure about my abilities to pull off my new story and my attempts at research often left me feeling overwhelmed. Luckily, I stumbled across Ms. Hall’s book as one of the “also boughts” on another author’s page, downloaded the sample, and knew I needed to purchase the book after only reading a few paragraphs.

Resource worth buying

5 helpful votes
 on July 19, 2014
By Geeks In High School
I wasn’t sure this book would help me understand how magic systems worked or how to develop the one for my project. I’m happy to say I was wrong. This novel is filled with specifics. I quickly found answers to questions I’d had for my work, and now I’m happily creating a system that makes sense.

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