Last year for NaNoWriMo, and this year, I’ve used Arwen Lynch’s 33 Days to Finish Your Novel, which is an ecourse (I’ll leave the links to everything below). With Arwen’s ecourse you use tarot cards and the hero’s journey to plot out your novel. I know, I know… You’re probably thinking WHAT? Tarot cards? The Hero’s Journey? But it’s creative, intuitive, imaginative, fun, and it works.
Using the Tarot cards helps open my mind to possibilities, as well as sparks the fire of my imagination. I look at a card and instead of just seeing what is on the card I also see an image in my head of the character, or the setting, or an event. I see the possibilities of various different scenarios from the image on the card. As I work through the scenarios in my head of what I see when I look at the card I find myself imagining my character as the Hermit, or the Fool, sitting in front of a field full of wild flowers or a beach or an old castle… I see the antagonist with a knife in his/her hand, or kidnapping the protagonist. I see those possibilities and as I narrow down things in my head and then on paper, I know what is going to happen next in my novel.
Using my Writer’s/NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal, I’ve been creating the basis of my outline for NaNo, then taking those basics and going a step further in my Writer’s Notebook for that novel. It’s a process. It’s a process I wasn’t sure I’d ever actually be able to follow through with–I’m a pantser at heart, y’all. But with this method, I can outline the main points, the hero’s journey, and then write by the seat of my pants the rest–like the scenes, which I don’t outline. It gives me structure while still allowing me to be free, to use my imagination, to not feel boxed in by an outline.
Here is my YT playlist for last year’s NaNo Prep
And here is my YT playlist (so far) for this year’s NaNo Prep.
And here are the supplies I’m using thus far:
Arwen’s YT video using Tarot for writing: https://youtu.be/V90tAWykxVY
Arwen’s Course Info: http://tarotbyarwen.com/17242-2/
Tarot for Writer’s by Corrine Kenner : http://amzn.to/2cnPEJx
Wizards’ Tarot Deck by Corrine Kenner: http://amzn.to/2cC5xI2
Rider Waite Tarot Deck: http://amzn.to/2dfPRvb
Radiant Rider Waite Tarot Deck in Tin: http://amzn.to/2d16J9M
My Writer’s Bible: http://jonelifish.com (If you use the code Burgess10 you will get 10% off anything in her shop except the custom order TN’s).
Colored Index Cards: http://amzn.to/2cTqLRM
Dry Erase Calendar Board: http://amzn.to/2cPr17o
Shakespeare Tarot Cards: http://amzn.to/2cTrnXj
Lord of the Rings Tarot: http://amzn.to/2ct75Xk
The Hobbit Tarot: http://amzn.to/2ditJTQ
The Witches Tarot: http://amzn.to/2d16VWA
Midori A5 Grid Notebook: http://amzn.to/2e8ag87
Clairfontaine A5 Red Notebook (Lined): http://amzn.to/2eTw9cl
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