I am currently doing outlining and worldbuilding for my novel and I am wondering if the idea I have for the magic system is good enough and whether or not you would count it as a hard or soft magic system. I have read up on soft and hard magic system, but it is still a bit unclear to me where my idea would fit in. Overview of the magic system: Magic is cast using words of power Words of power can only be taught and learned through long periods of meditation where one takes in the full meaning and purpose behind the word. While a simple spell like lighting a single candle may take a week of meditating, a spell like casting a ball of fire could take you a year of meditation. To cast spells you need to have complete focus and a clear mind. Distress, pain, or anger would inhibit your ability to cast. Mages are rare because of the long time it takes to train them. Words of power can be combined to create new spells, but long periods of meditation would still be needed to learn and then use these spells. Single words are easy and can be cast quickly, yet they are often weak spells. Longer words or sentences (chanting) takes a long time to cast but are more powerful. The caster suffers no physical cost to casting magic, but casting many spells in succession can lead to headaches or in some cases permanent psychological damage. This would make casting impossible either temporarily or permanently. Words of power are derived from the archaic demon and elven language that was spoken long before any humans appeared in the world. Mages are seen as respected members of society in the south while people are more skeptical of them in the north because of wars fought against elven spellcasters. Magic is seen as an elven trait in the north and therefore mages are sometimes referred to as Elf sympathizers. I threw in some societal aspects of the magic as well, but I think this is the foundation of my idea. I would appreciate it if you could give me some feedback on the idea. Thank you for taking your time reading this post.