Past Midnight Thoughts on Writing Magic

The magic in my book is not quite so visually appealing like it is in Fantasy TV. It doesn’t have big electric shocks and things magically bursting into flame. 

When my witches cast spells, they don’t see the flames grow bigger. They don’t see sparks flying out of their hands. They need to have faith that the spell had the desired effect. And they can’t always see it or feel it directly.

Davina lights a candle by magic on The Originals

At least, that’s what I imagine it feels like when they cast. Because I, the author, get to control the casting, and I get to draw a direct line to the outcome. I get to say, hey readers, check it out, she made a prediction in chapter x and look it came true in chapter y! Isn’t that magical?

And to be honest, it feels like cheating. I feel like a fraud. I feel like a liar. I’m just putting on a good show using slight of hand and telling my readers it magic, when really I just swapped out the cards and I’m hiding the old one right behind the new one to make it look like it changed color…

…and that is a very strange feeling.

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