Day 3 – 31 Days of NaNoWriMo Prep with Tarot

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Starting on Day 4 I will refer extensively to the two books I’ve written on using tarot and writing: Write Faster with Tarot – Creating Characters and Write Faster with Tarot – Structuring Plots.

I’ll start with characters first as I totally agree with Chuck Wendig in his article 25 Things You Should Know About Characters featured in  the book Creating Characters – The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction published by Writer’s Digest,

The very first thing you should know about characters according to Wendig is this: Without character you have nothing. He’s right. I suppose you could write a story without a character, whether it’s a man, a woman, a rabbit or a robot. But I don’t see how.

Think of how important Katniss is to The Hunger Games Trilogy. In fact, she becomes so important to the story that she’s transformed into the Mockingjay, a symbol of resistance and rebellion against a tyrannical and brutal regime which forces children to fight to the death in a televised arena.

So character is what we’ll start with.

In Write Faster with Tarot – Creating Characters I’ve included six tarot spreads I’ve created which I use when I create my characters. The reason I’ve titled both books Write Faster with Tarot is that using the tarot does help me write faster.

I rarely have to bang my forehead against the desk whenever I hit a roadblock in my writing. When a block does happen, I pull out my tarot deck and voila, the block is gone. Destroyed, Demolished. Decimated. And my fingers are once again flying across the keyboard.

I’ve provided instructions in both books on how to use the spreads along with examples. What I’d like to do for these 31 Days of NaNoWrimo Prep is to go through each spread and use them to create characters for my NaNoWriMo novel. And I hope you’ll be interested in doing so also.

Here’s the itinerary for my preparatory journey for my NaNo novel as it relates to creating characters using the tarot.

Day 4 – Physical Descriptions

Day 5 – The Archetypes Spread

Day 6 – Character Circle Spread

Day 7 – Three Aspects of Character Spread

Day 8 – Who am I? Character Spread

Day 9 – The Celtic Cross Spread for Characters – Not included in book

Day 10 – Hierarchy of Needs Spread – Not included in book

Day 11 – The Character’s Tale Spread – Not included in book

Day 12 – Doing a reading for a character using the Tarot

Day 13 – Doing a reading for a character using Lenormand cards

Once we’ll done with characters we’ll then move on to plotting.

You don’t have to own either of my books to follow along on these blog posts, but I hope you may find that having them at hand will help you when you’re working on your own writing.

As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to include them below.

The only thing I would suggest for today is to think about your writing project, what its genre is and jot down any ideas, scenes or, most especially, characters that come to mind.

Writing & Tarot Plotting Cover

Writing & Tarot Characters Cover