From the many novels I've read, magic is within everything and everyone. Mana being the power internally, magic being the power externally. Think of mana like Ki, (dragon ball or whatnot) and magic as external mysterious energy. They can interact with one another and are essentially the same, but have subtle differences.
People who use mana (internal) could be based on imagination and body movements. It's faster to use, but drains the energy from within oneself, making the persons magical output weaker over time. In addition, if their mana is drained or restricted by a magic tool, they can no longer use magic. Their power is not affected by outside forces, however.
People who use magic (external) would be known as spell casters, possibly alchemists, or rune decoders. Instead of using the power within them, they draw power from around them. The down side is that the weaker the magic in the area, the less power they can use. In addition, using magic can take longer than using mana, as the person would need to chant or write runes in order to use the external power, and if they are unable to chant or write, their magic is cancelled. Something good about this though is that their power is almost limitless, as it comes from the outside, not the inside, and most of the time the power of external magic has a greater output than internal mana.
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I am the third generation Nitro. Nitro III, to be exact.
Personality type: INFP-A