Hello everyone! It’s that time again and another episode of Method and Muse has reared its head. This week, we’re continuing our foray into more “spooky” or “eerie” subject matter as befits the season. On this episode, we discuss writing magic and/or the occult in your book.
Magic is vastly different from book to book and author to author. The magic in the world of Harry Potter is treated very differently from the magic In The Lord of the Rings and that is contrasts greatly from Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden novels. Writing about magic is every bit as personal to the author as it is to the characters wielding it. One thing that all of these have in common, though, is that the use of magic has to follow certain rules. What those rules are depends on you, the writer. We’ll give you some suggestions to get you thinking, but in the end it becomes a personal invention.
We’ll also discuss “the occult” and exactly what that means. It isn’t necessarily all pentagrams and devil worship as a lot of mislead people believe. The occult can include all manner of secretive or mysterious groups and movements like The Free Masons or modern-day paganism. We’ll tell you what to look for and what to be careful of when writing about this subject.
Finally, we’ll be doing a little magic trick of our own and pulling a disappearing act for awhile. The end of the year always brings challenges for us at Method and Muse to get our content to you and this year is no different. In fact, because of circumstances we’re all familiar with at this point, it has become even more difficult. But have no fear, we look to return even better than ever to inform and entertain our beloved listeners. So until we meet again, look for the best in all things and keep writing!
Music: White Crow by XTaKeRuX is used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.