A writing challenge is a foolproof way for a writer to practice the discipline of writing on a daily basis. A Tarot Writing Challenge provides a list of words and encourages you to shuffle, let a random card/ cards appear from a deck and then write spontaneously. Initial writing can be edited and be used to write poetry, fiction, drama or whatever takes your fancy.
These are just two examples of challenges that I have engaged in that have been featured for August 2022. My responses varied but I found myself having the most fun using a combination of an Oracle, Tarot Deck and Storytelling Card Deck. This was completed in stages and is rapidly becoming a work in progress.
Word Prompts – Tell – Live – Ancestral Animism – Mysterious Ruin – Lost Memories
She followed the birds through a wasteland, trusting that they would lead her to crystalline waters where could quench her thirst for something more.
It felt like she had been journeying forever. She was old and tired of this life now. She yearned to know where her spirit would go, if she could return to the old world and fly with her flock again, if she could live a truly wild life
She called upon the reflective water to tell the complete truth
and was gratified when an awe inspiring magician appeared before her. Could this really be true? Was this really she who had grown so weary? Did she have the power to manifest the change she had been been yearning for.
She held the Raven wand as tightly as she could in her gnarled, arthritic hands and cast a spell she had read in in an old alchemists book of secrets.
Everything went black and when she gained focus
she found herself being guided by a Ferryman who ferried her across the lake where intelligent crustaceans live out their full 140 years and more.
At the shore she was met by a Raven who had clearly feasted on the skull of a predator. The Raven simply said “You can hoard your breath. You can breathe in after you have breathed out. It is really as simple as that” and pointed to a path.
The path wound through a darkened forest, full of mysterious ruins. As she walked, firmly holding her treasured, carved stick, she shuddered, was more than a little unsettled by the breathless panting of a ghost, rambling about not being able to find her lost memories.
to be continued.