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Elemental Magic and Sorcery

Discussion in 'World Building' started by medievalfantasyqueen, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. medievalfantasyqueen

    medievalfantasyqueen New Member

    In my book, I am including a form of magic, which involves the elements, along with certain fantastical creatures such as elemental spirits and wyverns.
    How can I write such an aspect without sounding to cliched?
  2. Queshire

    Queshire Auror

    I think you just need to write it.

    As someone who worries about stuff like that constantly, I've found that a lot of time what you think of as cliche when you just say "elemental based magic" gains depth with the context provided by the story.
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  3. K.S. Crooks

    K.S. Crooks Inkling

    Create one aspect of your world, beings or magic being different than anything you know. If this works for your story then add another and continue until your happy.
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  4. WooHooMan

    WooHooMan Auror

    My advice - if you're doing the earth, wind, fire thing - don't make it different flavors of the same spell. Usually, it's just pointing a wand, saying a word and fire comes out but if you point a wand, say a different word then wind will come out.
    How about casting a fire spell is an entirely different ritual than casting a wind spell. Maybe fire magic requires sigils instead of wands and spoken words.
    Just something to make the elements really feel different.
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  5. Michael K. Eidson

    Michael K. Eidson Archmage

    My 2 cents: Write a scene with the elements as you envision them. Look at what you've written. Does it sound cliché? Change something about it and re-examine. Keep going until you have something that sounds unique to you. Then write some more and repeat.

    There is nothing new under the sun, as they say. Things are cliché because they work. The trick is to put your own twist on the familiar. There are plenty of twists possible, so work until you find yours.
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