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March 25, 2015

Writing About: A Magickal Battle


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In my short story, Witch of Death, there is a magickal battle at the end that was so much fun to write. I love the paranormal and love action, so when I got to blend both for the climax, I was very excited.

Here are 10 things to consider if you ever write about a magickal battle:

1.    Make it clear who is in the battle. Is it between two of your characters or two separate groups? Is one side good and the other bad?

2.    Why does the magickal battle happen? Battles, done with magick or with guns, don’t just happen for no reason at all. The reason for the magickal battle in your story should be obvious. In Witch of Death, my heroine fights the witch who has been murdering people throughout the story.

3.    How does the battle start? Do your characters agreement to meet each other to fight it out, or does one side surprise attack the other? Who makes the first move?

4.    Know your characters’ strengths. Consider what kind of powers you want to give your protagonist and antagonist. These are the powers they will be using on each other during the battle.

An artist made for my flash fiction piece, The Summer Bride.

5.    Know your characters’ weaknesses. If your protagonist is afraid of fire, the antagonist could use fire to his/her advantage. If your protagonist is in love, his/her lover could be used as a pawn to emotionally compromise the protagonist. A weakness can be anything!

6.    Describe your characters’ appearance. In Witch of Death, my heroine’s eyes turn completely white and luminous when she uses her powers. Your characters’ appearances can change drastically when they call upon their powers. You can even use the changes to hint at who is good and who is evil.

For example: You can morph the face of the antagonist to make him/her look sinister.

7.    Describe your characters as they use their powers. Can they wield a power or element (like fire or water) with their hand? Give your readers details, so they can picture the whirl of flames in your character’s cupped hand or a stream of water flowing from his/her palm.

8.    What happens to the surroundings? If your characters are outside, perhaps trees bend away from them with the force of their powers. If your characters are inside, objects can explode or even levitate. When magick is involved, anything can happen.

9.    How does it end? Your protagonist can deliver a magickal blow that kills the antagonist or even strip the antagonist of his/her powers. Or the antagonist can win, it’s up to you!

10. See How to Write Action for additional tips on how to write action scenes. These tips will help you with writing methods.

Also see Writing About: A Fight for even more tips that you can use for your magickal battle.




QUESTION: If you could have any magickal power what would it be?


50 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have two major magic battles in my story, one near the middle, and one at the end. I like that you've written about them!

Chrys Fey said...

I've written a few. They are so much fun! :)

Anonymous said...

I love these epic magical battle scenes. I'd love to write one in the future.

Chrys Fey said...

I love them too. I bet you'd write an amazing magickal battle. :)

Pat Hatt said...

I don't think I've done one persee, but I've used some aspects in other battles

Chrys Fey said...

That's good!

emaginette said...

Thanks for the tips. They'll come in handy :-)

Anna from Shout with Emaginette

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is an excellent point. I've read books where magical users don't have enough weaknesses of it's not hinted at and then comes as a big shock.

Sarah Foster said...

I've written a few magical battles, years ago (hopefully I'll get back to that series someday). I love the idea of using the character's weakness. It definitely makes things interesting.

Carrie-Anne said...

I've only written about real battles, like the Battle of Tarawa and D-Day. My Magical power would probably be invisibility.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What happens to the surroundings - good question. If fireballs are involved, there's going to be some serious destruction.

Sherry Ellis said...

Those are all great details to consider when you're writing about battles.

Patsy said...

Most of this advice would apply to any action scene, I think.

nashvillecats2 said...

The only battle I can write about is a "Battle with myself and family"
Great post to read.

Loni Townsend said...

Ooh! Magical battles! I can do those. :D

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't think I've ever written about a battle of any sort. Well...brief fight scenes but not much. I've written about plenty of verbal battles, though!

Lisa Thomson said...

If I could have a magical power it would be to change the weather, make a storm start or end. Great tips, Chrys. I'm not sure I could write a magical battle but I know I would love to read it.

betty said...

Great tips for writing about battles! I think if I could have a magical power it would be keeping my mouth shut so I wouldn't want to eat as much as I want to eat :)

betty

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent tips. I'm not overly good at regular battles, much less the supernatural kind.

Chrys Fey said...

The weakness should be something the reader knows because it adds suspense and makes the reader scared for the characters.

Chrys Fey said...

It does. We all have weaknesses and enemies always use that to their advantage.

Chrys Fey said...

Invisibility is an awesome power!

Chrys Fey said...

Yup. Canons will cause small craters, fire balls will cause outbreaks of fire, and machine guns will shred apart many objects.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

It certainly can. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! But that is a battle.

Chrys Fey said...

You can do them so well! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Verbal fights are fun! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That would be a neat power, Lisa.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! Funny power. :P

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay. We all have our strengths. What you write, you write very well!

Christine Rains said...

These are great tips. I love writing fight scenes too. My one thing my CPs always get me on is blocking. Where exactly are my characters in relation to things in the setting.

sage said...

Interesting tips!

Unknown said...

great tips, I've never written one of these scenes, but they sound like fun! I've always wanted to fly (though I don't think that counts as a power haha)

Lidy said...

Great tips Chrys. I'm going to bookmark this for future reference. In my wip I have 2 separate battle scenes taking place at the same location, but in different dimensions. Also, out of all types of battle scenes, I love supernatural and sword battles the most.

Chrys Fey said...

Fight scenes are so much fun! I love to write thrillers because you can always count on there being at least one fight.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

They are fun! And a lot of work too. Whenever I finish writing one, I feel exhausted as if I was actually in the fight/battle.

Chrys Fey said...

Wow...that sounds a lot like that I did with two of my stories. In one story its a quick peek into a battle that happened and in the next story it's the actual battle.

Lux G. said...

Great tips again, dear. You're making it easier for writers to start.

Mary Kirkland said...

Magical battle scenes are so much fun to read too.

Lidy said...

Forgot to also add, that although the battle scenes happen at the same location-different dimensions, they take place at different points of time in the story.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Thanks for popping by my blog, hope you come back for a look

Chrys Fey said...

That's good. And fascinating. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's my goal, Lux. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, they are! And exciting!

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Bill! And thank you for stopping by my blog too. :)

Fi said...

Great advice there. I have lots of magical battles in the novel I'm working on and there'll be more in the next two novels too.

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome! I hope these tips help. :)