Tarot, Writing

The Tarot Muse: Preparing for Creative Writing with Tarot

Camp NaNoWriMo starts July 1 and its a great time to start a new project, finish up your NaNoWriMo novel from last year, or work on writing in general. I love National Novel Writing Month events because the camaraderie helps keep me motivated when I could easily find excuses to put my creative projects on the back burner in favor of work. To prepare for these events, I love to use my witchy tools to amp me up energetically and boost creativity. The tools I use most include the spells and tarot spreads in The Witch’s Guide to NaNoWriMo and my tarot deck or, as I like to call it around this time, my Tarot Muse.

For Camp NaNo this July I’ll be revising my modern Pagan cozy mystery novel that I wrote in NaNoWriMo 2017. I have a few plot holes, a flat character for a love interest, and my climactic scene with the murderer is not particularly thrilling. Thankfully, I have the tarot to help me out with that.

The deck I’m using to revise my novel is the Everyday Witch tarot. I’m in love with this deck and I think the witchy vibe with a dash of whimsy will help me to write this cozy mystery. Tarot Muse in hand along with my journal and novel draft – I’m feeling the creative magick coursing through me!

My Camp NaNoWriMo Tarot Muse Process

After going over my novel draft, making note of all the horrible atrocities I committed…I narrow down on paper what it is I need to focus on. This includes what scenes I need to revise or write, characters I need to get more in-depth with, and parts I might want to scrap entirely.

Note in hand, I turn to my tarot for advice. For my flat love interest, I’ll do a character development spread looking into back story a little more. For scenes that elude me, I’ll do one or two cards for inspiration. I’ll also pull a few cards asking about what I’m missing, overall advice, self-care suggestions, and allies or strengths I should lean on in this process.

After pulling cards, I’ll journal a bit more, brainstorm, and then add the outcomes to my manuscript notes. All ready for Camp NaNoWriMo writing!

Will you be joining me for camp?

More Tarot Muse Resources to Spark Creativity

My Witch’s Guide to NaNoWriMo is now available for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Benebell Wen’s Triggering Creativity with the Tarot 

Arwen Lynch’s Mapping the Hero’s Journey Through Tarot

Haley Dziuk’s Tarot for Fiction Writers

Decks I use for fiction writing inspiration vary depending on what I’m wanting to write. If its spooky, horror, or involves paranormal beings like vampires and werewolves, I use Tarot of the Vampyres. If its simply dark and gothic or has goth characters, I might use the Silver Era tarot. For Steampunk or Sci-Fi I’ll use my Moore or Matthews Steampunk Tarot decks.  For fantasy I stick to Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Lately I’m in love with the Everyday Witch Tarot and will probably use it this Camp NaNoWriMo as I revise my modern Pagan cozy mystery.

Comment below what deck you will be using as your Tarot Muse for your creative writing!

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