The root of the problem: Tarot spread
What's your story? A tarot spread for creative writing

Treacherous trait: A story-writing spread

Tarot cards as inspiration for creative writing? Of course!

Ways that you can use tarot cards in your writing include using tarot court cards to represent your characters; the suit cards as settings and actions; the major arcana indicating forces that cannot be controlled.

Or you can explore your characters and story elements with tarot spreads.

Here is one that delves into a character trait that could cause problems for your protagonist:

(For a short overview on how to read tarot cards, go to my post How to read tarot cards: A quick guide.)

Spread 4-card diamond

  1. Character trait
  2. How your protagonist expresses this trait
  3. The problem this trait causes for your protagonist
  4. How it plays out

If you want more: Corrine Kenner wrote a book devoted to the topic (Tarot for writers, Llewellyn, 2009).

Let me know how this spread worked for you!

[A former version of this spread appeared on SynTAROTis.]

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