Day 29 of 30-Day Tarot Writing Challenge: Preparation for Editing

Two days left of Camp NaNoWriMo! I can’t believe we’ve made it this far! How’s your project going? I want to hear all about it in the comments. First and foremost, I’m a writer before I’m a Tarot Reader, so I want to know my fellow writers are doing well.

Today isless of a spread and more of an exercise. We’re going to review the past spreadsand how they’ve influenced your Work in Progress (WIP). I won’t spend too muchtime dwelling on this. If you’ve been following along this whole time, you’llbe able to look at your past notes and see what I mean. If not, don’t worry, I’vegot your back. At the bottom of this post will be a list of the spreads so farfor you to review.

What Iactually have in store for you is something to help you with the editingprocess.

Now that you’re coming to the end of your project, it’s time to start thinking about the editing process. I mentioned this a little bit in yesterday’s post regarding returning with the Elixir, about going back and adding characters, objects, themes, etc., where needed.

The Exercise

As I said, this is going to involve all the spreads you’ve done thus far. Take the time to go back and review your notes on your spreads, or maybe conduct a few now for future pieces.

Step 1

What thisexercise is designed to do is give you an outline, or a check list or checkpoints to hit, rather, during your editing process. You’re going to look ateach of your spreads, add up the cards for said spread, and boil them down toone number per spread.

How this isdone is by looking at the number of each card. Every card in the Tarot has anumber except for the Court Cards, which I’ll get to in a minute.

The Major Arcanaare numbered 0-21, the Minor Arcana are numbered Ace (1)-10.

While some Tarotreaders don’t give their Court Cards a number, or only number them 1-4, Ipersonally carry on the number order from 10. This means that

  • Pages/Princess= 11
  • Knights/Princes= 12
  • Queens= 13
  • Kings= 14

Once youhave all your numbers added together for that spread, consider the sum. If it’s21 or under, look at the corresponding Major Arcana card. If it’s 22 or above,add the digits together to create either a single digit, or a sum under 22.

Forexample, if my sum is 67, I would add 6 and 7 to get 13, which would correspondto the Death Card. If I wanted to take this a little further, I would add 1 and3 to get 4, the Emperor.

I can usethese cards together to create a deeper meaning or theme to the spread this pertainsto, or I can use just one of these cards.

Step 2

Spend sometime with the Major Arcana you came to and the spread. Consider what you wrotein relation to the spread, and how the Major Arcana card relates or resonateswith what you came up with. How can you incorporate the card? What does thecard mean to you, and how does it influence this aspect of your WIP?

Be sure tojournal your thoughts. Journaling is such a powerful tool for Tarot-readers andfiction-writers alike (really it’s powerful for anyone in my opinion).

Step 3

Once thisis done for all of the spreads (except for the I’m Stuck Spread), you’regoing to look at the Major Arcana they all corresponded to.

Now, add upall the Major Arcana cards that represent each spread and reduce down to asingle Major Arcana Card.

Step 4

Look at the spreads regarding Theme. This is Day 0: Basic Outline and Day 13: Over-Arching Theme.

How doesthe Major Arcana Card relate to these two spreads? Does it conflict? Are they inHarmony? If they conflict, how can you make them resonate together?

The objectiveof this exercise is to ensure you have a level of continuity. It’s to make sureyour story is on track the whole time. The first draft is always meant to be amess. There is no such thing as a good first draft, unless you were the firstperson to ever write a story, in which case the first draft I’m sure wasbrilliant.

However, with novel/story writing, it is meant to be work, and we spend our time resonating with the 8 of Pentacles, slowly working on our skill, tuning it, and crafting until it’s completed.

Links to Spreads

I’ve divided the spreads into different categories for your ease of browsing. These categories are Theme, Plot, Character Development, and Story Structure, all of which you can click on in this paragraph and jump to. If you just want to see the list of spreads thus far, you can see the Complete List here.

Check out Day 30 of the 30 Day Tarot Writing Challenge: The End Spread



Character Development:

Story Structure:

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