Alright. Sure. Maybe it sounds strange… of course it does. But Tarot DOES have its uses outside of predicting the future and personal insight.
If you find yourself stuck, with no inspiration, in the dreaded state of Writer’s Block, get yourself a tarot deck.
Here’s the exercise:
If you want, you can light some candles and dim the lights. (LOL) No really. You can. Then…
Shuffle the deck.
Pick a card.
If you are a tarot expert already you can skip the next step.
Read the tarot book or look up the meaning of the card on the internet.
(You can find the meaning of the cards for free on many websites, but most decks come with explanations.)
Apply the aspect of this card to any aspect of your writing you are having troubles with… Character… plot… story idea… you name it…
This is rich.
Let me illustrate the process with my own experience:
I did this tonight (YES TONIGHT!).
No candles, but the light was dim.
I shuffled my perfectly ordered deck (which my friend Jennifer informed me was a no-no in regards to Tarot. I was embarrassed about it and blamed it on my German blood. No really. I ordered my cards because I was worried I was missing a few. And because I am a little obsessive compulsive, but I digress…)
I pulled the Queen of Cups.
It turns out that the Queen of Cups is a mother figure. A nurturer. A great wife, a great mother, someone in balance with feminine home structure…. it goes on, and gets deeper, but this is not a Tarot lesson.
I sat back and thought about it.
An idea formed.
What if there was a mother who loved so much, and was so nurturing and full of love, that she smothered all those she cared for. I mean literally smothered. I mean, all those that she loved, died.
I am now in the process of developing the story line.
THANK YOU TAROT!
Stay tuned for the literary results.