I grew up wearing a pentagram, and so I think about the five metaphysical elements that correspond to a lot:
I also think about the tarot a lot. You might not know this about me, but along with being a writer and writing coach, I’m also a professional tarot reader. One style of reading that has deepened my understanding of the cards has been through these elements.
As I grew into my writing practice, I saw the correlation between these same elements that I use in the tarot, and the creative process.
That’s what this week’s episode is about. I want to tell you about how you can #WooYourWriting through the lessons of the tarot, but specifically, though the five elements.
Not only is it Autumn—who did that, by the way?—but it’s also nearly November. I know, I know, we still have October to go, but October is just a blip in the radar when you consider what comes afterward:
I know, a lot of writers write about now start to freak out. But that’s OK. Because I actually have a solution for you.
First, for those of you who have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about…
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, put on every year. It says National, but at this point, people from all over the world are participating in it.
Every November, writers shut themselves off from the world so they can pump out at least 50,000 words in 30 days, the generally accepted minimum length of a novel.
Fun fact: 50,000 words in 30 days is 1667 words a day.
But don’t panic—this is why I’m here.
NaNoWriMo Prep Course
If you sign up for my newsletter, right there that bar up at the top, then you will Get full access to my FREE Email NaNoWriMo Prep Course.
What does that mean? It means that each Monday, starting on September 28, you’ll get an email in your inbox (because, where else to emails go?) with tips and methods to prepare yourself for National Novel Writing Month. This is 5 whole weeks of lessons to start to train you so you can be ready to kick off NaNoWriMo.
September 28: Output Many writers struggle when it comes to knowing how much and how fast to write. When I first started NaNo about 11 or 12 years ago, I thought I needed to write as much as possible every day. You could do that, or you could follow my tricks outlined on the 28th.
October 5: Character Development Even if you’re a Pantser, knowing your characters ahead of time can help you out. This doesn’t mean you need to know every bit about them, but just start to mull over some characters during this time, ready to throw into your story if you find yourself flailing (but you won’t flail: you’ve got this!)
October 12: Plot Prep I know, so many of you are Pantsers—and that’s totally cool. The only time I fly blind is when I go into NaNo. However, I’ve found that there are ways to get to know your world or your plot without actually planning your plot. And I’ll share those methods with you in week 3.
October 19: Writing Blocks We all have them at some point or another. This week is about talking what blocks us and how to work through them, and how to inspire us when we feel stuck.
October 26: Mindset This is one of the most important things for anyone going into writing, or anything they care about. Having the right mind set is going to be the thing that takes us to the finish line of any project or goal. This final week of the NaNoWriMo Prep Course is going give you some time to keep yourself in the right frame of mind.
Again, all you have to do is sign up using the box above, the box below, or if you want to go the fancy way, you can head on over to this linkhere.
Make sure you’re prepared to write your novel in 30 days at the start of November.
Remember, there are no retroactive lessons. That means that if you miss the first and second lesson because you signed up too late, you’ll get lessons 3, 4, and 5, but not lesson 1 and 2.
To make sure you get the whole course, sign up before September 28, 2020.!
I look forward to being in your inbox!
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This class is amazing because not only can you sign up for the whole 9 yards, as in, the whole 9 weeks, but you can sign up for a couple of classes whenever you can or want. So, if you’re only interested in say the curriculum for week 3 and 8, then just buy those two classes.
The cool thing is that if you get a jump on it and register for the full course, it’s only a sweet £140. Let me break that down for you. That’s 9 2-hour classes. That’s 18 hours of awesomeness.
That makes it stupidly cheap. Like, less than £8 per taught hour.
And if that deal isn’t sweet enough? She’s offering to read and give you feedback on 5000 words of your work. How amazing is that?
But if you don’t have the dosh for the full nine weeks in one go, that’s cool. She offers individual class prices for £20 each. Still a sweet bargain, especially for how talented she is, both as an instructor and as a poet.
Let me give you a little bit of background of my fandom of this academic lady.
We both hail from the Pacific Northwest, and after years of not seeing each other, reconnected in the UK. I got to meet up with her while she was on her book tour for her collection of poems, This Exquisite Corpse.
Poetry isn’t my jam. I studied it while I was at Durham University and of course all throughout the rest of my schooling, because we all have to. I respect it, and I can appreciate what it does, but it isn’t for me. Like, at all.
And oh my sweet hawthorn blossoms, that book blew me away.
I read the poems and I found that I actually hungered for them. They were just real and raw and insanely relatable in the language they use. The way the poems play with the empty space, and with form, and how they’re laid on the page—all of it was so fascinating to me.
I wish that I would have been able to read that while I was in uni, because would have gave me such a greater interest in poetic forms (or non-form), and thus I might not have hated my poetry classes so much.
This is a very candid post. This is an honest and upfront post from me to you.
Go check out this lady’s course. It’s insanely cheap, and her classes are excellent. I was repping her just a couple of weeks ago when she did a workshop for the Stay at Home Fringe Lit Fest. It was so popular that people requested that she do another one. And she did. So they requested a course, and here is the course.