Character Development

If you haven’t read part 1 of this series, check it out HERE.

In Tarot for Writers, Kenner gives tips for developing your characters. We’ll focus on our main character from part one, the sister from the brother/sister duo in the Sun card. Today we’ll pull card for: Goals/Motivations, Stakes, and Internal conflict.

We pulled: Ace of Wands, Kind of Wands, 5 of Pentacles

Goals/Motivations: Creative energy and passion. In the first post, I wrote that I thought the brother forsook his family legacy. Playing off that, I will say that her family is in the business of inventing and her goal is to carry on this work with an eye to taking it in a new direction.

Stakes: Again, focusing on the family legacy, I’ll say that her family’s good name and legacy are at stake. And I’ll raise those stakes by saying the work is necessary because her father’s life is at risk. She has to finish the work in order to save his life.

Internal conflict: We see again the brother/sister duo. She wants to rescue her brother from whatever mess he’s gotten himself into. Spending the time and energy to do will mean time and energy not spent on the research and experimentation necessary to save her father.

What character do you see in these cards?

Images from The Steampunk Tarot.

Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...