Day 2 – 31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep with Tarot

nanowrimo2660x963_1Today on Day 2 of 31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep with Tarot I’d like to briefly discuss how to use the tarot in your writing.

As I’ll be going into more details with the spreads I’ve created, I’ll save more in-depth discussions for later.

The book I credit with introducing me to the potential of using the tarot for my writing is Corrine Kenner’s Tarot for Writers. If you’re interested in using the tarot for your writing, there’s no better book out there than this one. Kenner discusses how to use the tarot for character creation, storylines and plot, setting and description and breaking writer’s block among other things.

She includes not only writing practices for using the tarot in your writing but she also provides a comprehensive writer’s guide to the tarot in which she describes each of the 78 cards in the tarot deck along with their meanings and how to use them in your writing.

ITarot for Writers - Llewellyn publication - read free online purchased my copy back in 2009 and it’s pretty dog-eared from my use of it over the past six years. It’s the definite go-to book for anyone interested in tarot and writing.

An article you might find useful is Tarot and Creative Writing written by Ruth Ann Amberstone. I also found this great Character Profile spread over at Writing After Dark.

Prior to 2009, when I tried to find articles online about writing and tarot there weren’t that many available. But since Kenner’s book was published, there seems to be more and more people discovering how useful the tarot is for writing. I’m glad to see this development and hope it continues.

Today I’ll leave you with a short exercise. Below are three variations of the Queen of Pentacles card. Imagine them as characters. In what ways are they similar and in what ways are they different.

Don’t worry about the meaning of the card right now. Just focus on the images. In what ways can you imagine the women in these cards as characters? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments.

The Robin Wood Tarot

The Illumanati Tarot

The Rider-Waite Tarot