on-the-highway-tohell asked:

How would you add in how a certain character uses a supernatural power? Such having a character have the ability to generate fire and throw it towards an object. It would look cool on screen, but how how you describe it in writing?

Get creative with it. Since you gave fire as an example, I’m going to use it as an example.

What: What aspects of fire can your character use? Are there certain temperatures they can’t reach? Can they only create small bursts? Or long blasts? Describe what the character can create. Describe its temperature, size, color, shape, and how long it stays around. Use metaphors or similes if you want.

How: How is this power used? Do they use their hands? Some sort of objects to channel this power? Do certain movements create certain tricks or abilities? Describe how the character uses this power. Also consider how comfortable a character is using a power or how experienced they are. Less experienced and uncomfortable characters may have weakened powers and their body language may show their fear, hesitation, or anxiety.

When: Are there certain times when a character can’t use this ability? Do certain temperatures strengthen or weaken it? Do certain times of day strengthen or weaken it? Describe how powerful these abilities are depending on these factors and more, such as the health of the character.

Outcome: How does this power impact the target? With fire, there may be an explosion or something may catch fire. Consider what the power is hitting and describe the outcomes. What does it look like? Is it hot? Does it smell? If so, what does it smell like? What does it sound like? If there was a blast, it’ll be loud and the characters may hear ringing in their ears.

For more on fire, visit its superpower wiki page.

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