— Paul Dini
Anonymous said: One of my characters is a extremely powerful wizard in fact he is by far the most powerful wizard in the book, so my question is this how do i portray him as being very powerful yet not too powerful
- He can wield a lot of power, but he might not have the skill to harness it. He tries to light a campfire and creates a towering inferno of death. He tries to brush a butterfly off his hand but ends up disintegrating it with a blast of wind. He tries to unravel someone’s socks and ends up unraveling their skin. That kind of thing.
- He can have a lot of limiting personality traits. He may be strong, but not wise or smart enough to know when he should use his strength. He might be bad at knowing how good people are, and serves the wrong group for awhile. He could be impulsive, unimaginative, immature, or a number of other negative traits that his enemies could exploit.
- There’s always a bigger fish. It might not be a bad thing to introduce entities that could toss him into the next dimension. They don’t have to play a huge part in the story, like the antagonist. They just need to be there.
- There could be all sorts of nasty side effects to using lots of magic, as he does.
Hints for #fantasy #writers.
— Elwood P. Dowd, “Harvey” (1950)