“Something Wicked” Monday: Harmony Kent’s Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer

It’s finally here! The first day of the Something Wicked Tour from the authors at Story Empire. We are hosting each other each day this week so you can find the schedule on Story Empire for today. Make sure to visit all the blogs, leave comments and share the posts with a re-blog or on your social media! Thanks for stopping by today and here’s Harmony Kent! Hello everyone, Harmony here. Thanks for hosting me today, Paul! It’s great to visit with you and your readers to kick off my first stop on Story Empire’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. You might not think that my non-fiction book on writing inspiration fits in with our scary/spooky theme, but Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer is full of unconventional and unexpected tools including the weird and wonderful worlds of Tarot and Horoscopes. Full of ‘strangeness tools’ to fire your imagination and set your muse free, this excellent companion text Polish Your Prose (Essential Self-editing tips for authors) takes a look at the creative side to writing rather than the technical. Using tools such as Tarot, Chess, Horoscopes, and much more, this handy little guide brings new ways for you to develop novel ideas and inspire your next best seller.

In some quarters, Tarot has a bad reputation. And some folks beleive that doing a reading can bring you bad luck.

 

Excerpt:

I first came across the idea of using Tarot cards for storytelling after I wrote a post about Horoscopes and Writing for a blog I contribute to (StoryEmpire.com), and a commenter mentioned that Tarot was also a good tool for writing. Intrigued, I got researching. My studies led me to buying a set of Rider-Waite Tarot cards and a how-to book (see resources at the end of this book). I so loved what I discovered in the process that I wanted to share it with you here.

Each Tarot card holds specific characteristics, and laying out a set number of cards in a set order can show us a way ahead. This is often referred to as ‘telling a story’. It is this aspect which intrigues me most and offers great material for creating characters and plots.

About the Book: Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer is the perfect gift for the writer in your life. Do you want to be an author? Are you struggling to find inspiration? Do you ever find it difficult to put words on the page? Or are you simply looking for novel ideas? If so, then this book is for you. This little guide will help you unlock your story ideas and fire your imagination. The text covers things such as writing from various prompts, to using Chess, Tarot, and even nursing Triage (and much more) for developing your characters, story, and plot. From the award-winning author of Polish Your Prose: Essential Self-Editing Tips for Authors—an excellent companion text—Creative Solutions focuses on the creative side of writing rather than the technical. This book gives you the tools you need to make writing fun, as well as tips and techniques on creating characters and stories that will stay with you and your readers forever. Crammed with easy-to understand examples, this guide is for writers of every genre—both fiction and non-fiction, literary, and commercial. But most of all, it’s about having fun and making friends with your muse.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Creative Solutions, please click HERE.

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About Harmony: After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty. Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours. Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

 

To Learn More About Harmony Check Out:

Website|Story Empire (co-authored) |Amazon Author Page |

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32 comments

  1. I remember that Story Empire post on using horoscopes. I’m starting to really plot my NaNo project now so this will be a good resource to study. I have my copy, just need to start studying your suggestions and applying them to my pre NaNo prep!

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  2. I don’t know enough about Tarot to use the cards to craft a story, but I’ve been seeing a lot of writers talk about doing just that. It’s a fascinating take on the subject. Thanks, Harmony.

    Great way to kick us off, P.H.

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  3. I love the idea of using Tarot cards to craft a story. Craig did that with The Yak Guy and a few other authors I know have used Tarot as the main focal point of stories. Astrology is another great tool to help develop characters! Thanks so much for sharing today, Harmony, and thank you, P.H. for hosting!

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    1. Like you, I shied away for years. The best thing is that you don’t need to know a lot to use it as a writing tool. I have a book I use to check the meaning of each card, etc. It takes longer but means I don’t have to delve too deep. Thanks, Jacquie! 😊

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