I’m going to miss my summer morning routine; curled up with coffee & a book til breakfast… repeat for second breakfast.

Doing things backwards. Watching the movie today and starting the book tonight. #imarebel

6imarebel,

Hello! I read the "45 things I want to see less of in stories" and saw *Magic without consequences and I wonder if you could explain that? Because I'm writing a story with magic and I could use some help on that point thank you :)
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fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

Basically, they’re talking about the use of magic with no limits or restrictions. It’s a plot killer, because if your characters can use magic whenever they want, however they want, with no negative consequencers or drawbacks - then, what exactly are you writing about? Your characters have conquered their fate, so to speak. Nothing is standing between them and what they want, because they can use magic to clear away the obstacles no problem. And that is boring. Conflict drives story. Magic without consequences subtracts the conflict. Forcing your characters through the motions of struggle at that point doesn’t make sense, because the whole time, your reader will be thinking, “Well, they can just use magic, right?” Even mortal peril will be unconvincing.

TL;DR Magic without consequences = deus ex machina = story death.

If you want your characters to use magic, but still want your story to be at least kind of believable, then you’ve got to impose restrictions. There are a number of ways you can do this. I’ll use Harry Potter since it’s familiar: In Harry Potter, underage wizards are not permitted to use magic outside of school, and if they do anyway, they’ll face expulsion and may never be able to use magic again. Wizards that are of age can’t use magic around Muggles (except in certain emergencies) lest the Muggles uncover their existence. There are also in-universe enforced laws on how you can use magic - killing people with magic is illegal, for example. Ditto mind control and torture. And the magic itself is limited. You can’t conjure up food out of nothing, as Hermione famously chastised Ron in Deathly Hallows

Your characters may need extensive training before they can use magic. It may drain them of energy, so they can only use it in a real pinch and not again until they’re restored. Certain types of magic may be illegal, or too dangerous to perform without extreme precautions and advanced knowledge. The magic itself may be unpredicatable, it could have a mind of its own and only work when and where it wants to. It could be limited to very small changes. Maybe the only people who can use magic are women.

Magic can and should help your characters achieve their goals, but if you’re using it to give your characters a free pass to do whatever they want, then it’s a problem.

I hope that helps!

- Allie

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I just noticed my nails match the Soul & Psyche section from the Book of Symbols 💜

  • Legolas:THAT IS NO MERE RANGER
  • Legolas:THAT IS ARAGORN II
  • Legolas:SON OF ARATHORN II
  • Legolas:SON OF ARADOR
  • Aragorn:Legolas stop
  • Legolas:SON OF ARGONUI
  • Legolas:SON OF ARATHORN I
  • Legolas:SON OF ARASSUIL
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAHAD II
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAVORN
  • Boromir:is this really necessary
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAGOST
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAHAD I
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAGLAS
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAGORN I
  • Gandalf:this could take a while
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAVIR
  • Legolas:SON OF ARANUIR
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAHAEL
  • Legolas:SON OF ARANARTH
  • Legolas:SON OF ARVEDUI
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAPHANT
  • Elrond:good god man calm down
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAVAL
  • Legolas:SON OF ARVELEG II
  • Legolas:SON OF ARVEGIL
  • Legolas:SON OF ARGELEB II
  • Frodo:*falls asleep*
  • Legolas:SON OF ARAPHOR
  • Legolas:SON OF ARVELEG I
  • Legolas:SON OF ARGELEB I
  • Legolas:SON OF MALVEGIL
  • Gimli:this is ridiculous
  • Legolas:SON OF CELEBRINDOR
  • Legolas:SON OF MALLOR
  • Legolas:SON OF BELEG
  • Legolas:SON OF AMLAITH
  • Aragorn:Legolas
  • Legolas:SON OF EARENDUR
  • Legolas:SON OF ELENDUR
  • Legolas:SON OF VALANDUR
  • Legolas:SON OF TARONDOR
  • Aragorn:Legolas it's fine
  • Legolas:SON OF TARCIL
  • Legolas:SON OF ARANTAR
  • Legolas:SON OF ELDACAR
  • Legolas:SON OF VALANDIL
  • Legolas:SON OF ISILDUR
  • Gimli:finally
  • Legolas:YOU OWE HIM YOUR ALLEGIANCE.
  • Boromir:anything to make you shut up

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Definition #2 applies at the moment 😲😴 totally worth it though pffft

62,

#flashbackfriday Found this sucker while rifling through the office junk

6flashbackfriday,

Man, I want to read Howls Moving Castle again today for some reason. Or maybe relisten to the audiobook… Or just watch the movie Arghh!

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