How to Write Powers in Fantasy

One of the things I most worried about, by far, was that writing the Magick in Ascendent would get repetitive. I’m sure we’ve all come across that, where the description of powers of any kind is drawn out, overly complicated, and repeated every few paragraphs. We won’t even get into the trope of the protagonist just learning they could do whatever the power in the story is, and being perfect at it one chapter later. Everybody hates that.

Because my characters who can do Magick could do so from birth, it was easy to sidestep the aforementioned dreaded trope; but it gave me a new worry. How to explain what has always been part of the characters experience to a reader who knows nothing about it? I went about it two main ways.

Firstly, I had my main character, Sabine, intermittently cast Magick throughout the story. Why shouldn’t she, its a part of her life. Secondly, I used the character who was dropped into the world of Magick, Elias, as a proxy of the to explain the basic fundamentals of Magick in the story, as well as a clear demonstration of how it works.

Now, onto to terminology. In Ascendent, the four elements, earth, air, water, fire, are sentient to an extent. A witch feels an affinity for one element and is able to ‘speak’ to it. Those were the two words I used, casting and speaking. Though, I didn’t have to think too hard about the casting part. Casting magic is already in the English lexicon. My advice is pretty basic, but don’t feel as though you have to overcomplicate things. It just makes for an irritating reading experience if you have to remember one million different kinds of terminology.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image does not belong to me, but rather Claude Monet