I confess that recently I’ve been focusing a great deal more on my post-apocalyptic writing (if you’re interested in that, check out my other blog: ebfeir.wordpress.com). It very much depends on a mundane and non-magical world, and I’m guessing that between the diaper changes, bottle warmings, and endless Cheerios, I haven’t been feeling magic at all.
So, in celebration of magic – particularly in fiction – and to help remind myself and you why it is I love magic in writing, encompassing the magical, mystical, and fairy dust, here are:
15 Ways Magic Rules Supreme
- There is nothing mundane about magic.
- We too often lack magic in our real lives, so we definitely need it in our fiction.
- Magic is a marvelous problem solver. Not sure how that character did something or arrived? It was magic!
- Magic is fun. Magic can be silly, light, dark, and all the shades in between, especially when in so many ways the most literal interpretations of magic can be downright ridiculous.
- Magic connects us with our mythological roots and ancestral histories.
- Magic taps into ancient beliefs, fears, and ideas about how the world works.
- Fairytales – those timeless, moralistic, prolific teaching tools – are encompassed and defined by magic, and playing with the familiar and putting your own twist on it is foreign and familiar at the same time.
- Magic can and will lead to the unexpected and adventure for characters and readers alike.
- Magic takes us places and creates peoples and places sprung directly from our dreams and nightmares.
- Magic can make characters more heroic, sexier, stronger, more of a fantasy.
- Magic unleashes the possibilities of fantasies and playfulness in worlds where there are less limits on the possible.
- The belief in magic can return us to our childhoods where anything was possible, in real life or otherwise.
- Magic can bring new dimensions and possibilities to familiar ideas, like new possibilities for battle scenes, love scenes, struggles, etc.
- For a little while at least, while reading or writing the book, we can pretend to be magic, too.
- Magic frees our imaginations and dreams from the constraints of reality where we can create and rule worlds where good always wins, and there is always a happy ending.
Have I missed any reasons why magic does and always does reign supreme? Please let me know. Otherwise, I hope you have a magical week, and thanks for reading.