If You Just Believe…
There is power in belief. When you know something as Truth, even if it doesn’t resonate for anyone else, it changes your world. When something requires belief, though, it can quickly overlap with religion. (You may wish to reference my post on worldbuilding religion here, or the same chapter in The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch.)
There are many ways you can work magic into your world, but when it comes to belief in magic, your decision will need to be if magic simply works in your world because it’s part of the inherent nature of the world, or if it’s a force that must be wielded by choice by practitioners.
- Is ‘belief’ in magic required for it to work in your story world, and if it is how is that type of magic religious or not religious in usage?
- When magic does require belief, what happens if someone’s faith is wavering? Does the magic fizzle out, or does it become distorted? Write out a few situations where it might happen either way for your different types of magic in the story.
- How much is the use of magic influenced by religion in your world? Are magic and religion inherently entwined, or do they exist exclusively of each other?
Rebekah Loper began creating epic worlds and stories as a child and never stopped. She is the author of The A-Zs of Worldbuilding series, and has a fantasy novella published in Beatitudes and Woes: A Speculative Fiction Anthology.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (…ok, ok, they’re chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she is not writing, she can be found battling the elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.