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Oct 9, 2018 at 11:50 vote accept scohe001
Oct 8, 2018 at 17:57 comment added Henry Taylor @JasonBassford, good point. "Becoming a Wizard" stories are wonderful and can be a great way to leverage leftover world-building material after the original tale is told. My labeling the exercise with "never-to-be-published" is meant to free the writer from having to get the voice and grammar perfect while the ideas are flowing. Not all writing needs to be done with the care and precision of publisher bound work, and sometimes being free of those expectations allows the words to flow quicker and clearer.
Oct 8, 2018 at 17:50 comment added Jason Bassford It might be great if it were published: the dream of a frustrated apprentice who is trying to understand the conflicting explanations they've received from various people. It would be especially useful if the book were about trying to understand and use magic—something that the apprentice has great potential for but who is nonetheless blocked from practising because they can't learn the proper way of accessing it.
Oct 8, 2018 at 17:00 comment added Chris Sunami +1 Great answer. I was going to add my usual advice about worldbuilding, but I think you covered it, and more. I really like the idea of writing scenes that you know won't be in the book --I heard similar advice years ago for actors --to build scenes that aren't in the play as background work for the character.
Oct 8, 2018 at 16:44 comment added scohe001 You make a really good point--a big part of my problem is that I'm not entirely sure yet the place my magic system holds in world. Not only is this a great idea to explore that, but it sounds like a lot of fun for a free write! Definitely something I'll be trying out. Thank you!!
Oct 8, 2018 at 16:39 history answered Henry Taylor CC BY-SA 4.0