We don’t always use the cards for readings. Sometimes we want to use them in creative ways or to spark our own creativity in other projects. Whether you are writing a story or are looking for a fun way to work with your cards, story telling and tarot have always gone hand in hand. Writers use the cards in all aspects for story creation, from character generation to plot structure to scene development. Corrine Kenner’s Tarot for Writers has lots of great applications. Here is one that would be fun to do on a snow day or perhaps at a party or meet up.
Creating Characters from Tarot for Writers
Try using the cards to answer any of the following questions. You can pull as many
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
November is National Novel Writing Month. People all over the world are busy typing up their stories with the goal of 50,000 words by November 30. You can find out more HERE.
In honor of NaNoWriMo, we'll look at some exercises from Corrine Kenner's Tarot for Writers using The Steampunk Tarot.
In today's exercise, we'll look at gathering a cast of characters. In later posts, we'll flesh out one character and then give them something to do (plot).
The first spread Kenner gives in the chapter on Character Creation is a simple line of five cards. They represent, in order:
Protagonist, Antagonist, Protagonist's Foil, Antagonist's Foil, and Supporting Character.
Whether you write professionally, for personal enjoyment, or journal, Corrine Kenner points out that “any blank page can be intimidating.” In her book, Tarot for Writers, Corrine devotes an entire chapter to breaking writer’s block. Her ideas are, of course, excellent for doing just that. But I also think they can be great journal prompts or tarot meet up exercises. Here’s a few for you to try:
1. Complete Description
Describe a single card in as much detail as you can muster. Start at the top and work your way down. Then describe the background and work your way toward the foreground. Notice the predominant colors as well as the mood and emotion in the card. Describe