Tarot / Wild Stuff
Some writers swear that they are channeling cosmic energy or God. When I write some of my poetry I do feel possessed but it is nothing I try to induce. This is the source of my best poetry.
Some listen to the voice inside– the soft one– and write down what it says. Others, like me, can see the story or poem on the page and it is a matter of remembering and recording it.
To get into that dreamland, I use the practice pages– but I write eight to ten pages– and that produces a dreamy state. Also I can get there by deep prayer or meditation that I try to do every day.
When I do that and I am feeling strong, I can actually see the story unfold as a movie so I can just write it down. That much loss of control is threatening to me, but I am working on it.
The other way is by using the Tarot. I can do a spread to give me an overview to the entire novel, or a chapter, or more information about each character, or a character in a specific scene. I am reluctant to use this tool, although I understand Steinbeck did use the tarot, and he’s not the only one. So you might find it helpful. Others can use the I-Ching but it doesn’t do it for me. Allowing myself to sink into a symphony or opera can also get me into that place.
To create a living dream for our customers and readers, we probably have to be in that state ourselves. I would be interested in hearing from some of you and how you get into that creative state.
In her amazing book, Awaken the Writer Within, Cathy Birch suggests using Tarot, the runes or even Scrabble to get ideas for your character or plot.