Crafting the Climax – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Crafting the climax is the aim of the game in this day’s spread from Tea is for Tarot. This is what everyone is waiting for! I mean, who isn’t striving for the climax, huh? Hee hee. Ok, back to business here. This happens near the end of the book and the point at which everything comes to a head. If you want to follow along, see Tea is For Tarot’s spread here: Day 12

The Cards

How does everything come together?
The High Priestess

Austin learns to trust her gut. Following her instincts and intuition she puts together a plan that just might save the day! Considering The High Priestess deals in the more ephemeral knowledge, Austin’s solution could be the result of a dream. Our subconscious tends to work things out and make connections while we’re sleeping.

What unknown factors will your hero face?
King of Swords

Back to information we come. Considering our villain, Darius, deals in information it isn’t hard to surmise that some sort of information blind sides our heroine. What information does he have that threatens Austin? It’s possible that his information has a legal impact on her, but it could also be something that impacts a large amount of people.

What challenges does your hero have to overcome?
Nine of Coins

She is going to have to overcome the desire to retreat. Austin doesn’t have the resources that Darius has, but he she DOES have resources. The trick is figuring out what they are and how to use them.

How will your hero overcome those challenges?
The Star

Hope. Somehow she finds a light in the darkness. Austin has been cultivating relationships and must have faith that these people will come through for her.

What happens afterwards?
Strength

She finds strength in numbers. Recognizes that she isn’t alone. Comes out stronger than she was.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story
Build Your World
Chapters
Discovering the Past

Chapters – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Chapters are like mini stories within the story and Tea is for Tarot invites us to draw 10 cards for 10 chapters. As indicated in her post, we are supposed to write approximately 1600 words a day during NaNoWriMo. (Side note: I haven’t started yet! Unfortunately, I am still finishing up all these lovely spreads because I was travelling!). Follow along here: Day 10

The Chapters

We have the option to reorganize the 10 cards what drew into a more cohesive story, but I haven’t done so as I really haven’t had the chance to explore them just yet. Subsequently, the picture represents how I drew them. To start with, I think they look OK on first glance, but let’s explore shall we?

Chapter One
The Fool

Above all, this is the perfect  card for the beginning! Why not start with the first card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana? In the beginning our heroine, Austin, is hopeful and open. She’s looking toward a bright future unaware of what is in store for her. We’ll get to know who Austin is and what her life is like before the drama ensues.

Chapter Two
The Magician

Austin’s repertoire of skills represent the Magician’s energy. However, cunning and subterfuge, the reverse aspects of this card, are dangerous energies to play with.  Moving players about on the grand chess table is appealing for her, but something has to go wrong. I think, at the core of it, a dark choice Austin makes will contribute to the disaster. Over confidence? Weakness of will?

Chapter Three
Knight of Swords

Austin’s ideals are challenged and her analytical skills are put to the test. The villain makes his appearance and leaves Austin totally shaken.

Chapter Four
2 of Cups

Considering this is a mercenary suspense/mystery novel, love is sure in the air! This chapter introduces Austin to her love interest. Pretty straight forward as far as the chapters go.

Chapter Five
Page of Wands

Some of the conflict comes into play here when Austin makes snap decisions. As noted in Finding The Conflict , impulsiveness and the need to win are going to threaten Austins’s sanctuary.

Chapter Six
The Devil

Uh-oh! Will Austin give in to her desires? Will she go to the dark side? In this chapter Austin will wrestle with what her true wants are and what she needs to do to achieve them. Does Darius make her an offer that has her second guessing herself?

Chapter Seven
The Hanging Man

Respite is what Austin is seeking in this chapter. Taking a step back and finding a sanctuary to lick her wounds and reorient herself to where she needs to go.

Chapter Eight
Queen of Cups

Finally accepting her feelings for what they are, Austin connects to her intuition and gives trusting herself a chance. In this chapter, she also reveals how much she really cares for the people in her life.

Chapter Nine
Ace of Coins

Austin sees an opportunity and begins putting her plans into place. These plans will have a favorable outcome but are intense. However, this is only the start.

Chapter Ten
Three of Wands

Well now. We have arrived at the card for the love interest. Will this be the start of something wonderful? Or will something happen to him that Austin needs to act on in a future book? Can’t wait to find out!

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story
Build Your World

Build Your World – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Build Your World is the spread for this day. Tea is for Tarot created a 5 card spread to flesh out the world Austin is a part of. Darn it! I didn’t notice that day that she had a bonus card in there! I took the photos every day but just didn’t have the time to do the blog while travelling. See Tea is for Tarot’s post here: Day 9.

The World

Where does the story begin?
Knight of Pentacles
This is Austin’s card! Will we begin the story in her mind? Could be we start out in her dreaming mind. Might make for a good start!

What place is Austin traveling through?
7 of Cups
A world of choices that looks to be quite an opulent place. Riches abound and there are just so many choices here it is tough to know which way to go. Could indicate a place where there are multiple paying mercenary jobs that are difficult to choose between.

Where does Austin find unforeseen help?
8 of Coins
This card is all about workmanship. This could indicate unexpected help arises in a market or a school of some kind.

Where does the major climax take place?
8 of Wands
Well, well, well. I’m thinking we have some sky action here! We know we meet a bunch of skydiving adrenaline junkies along the way. Does the climax occur in a plane? Or does it occur falling at high speeds from the sky? Oh the suspense is killing me!

Where does the story end?
5 of Cups
A little disheartening on first glance to be truthful. This card is deeply worrying but stepping aside from what the card makes me feel and looking instead at the imagery, I might discern an actual location instead of an emotional ending. The space is dark and dank and appears to have brick walls. Could be a basement, a tunnel, or dungeon.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story

The Love Story – NaNoWriMo & Tarot

The Love Story – NaNoWriMo and Tarot

The Love Story was a bonus spread that Tea is for Tarot  included on Day 8. (Bear with me as I catch up here! I was travelling over the weekend.) This spread was designed to introduce our heroine, Austin, to her true love!

The Cards

Represents Austin in the relationship.
2 of Cups
Interesting. I believe this represents her feeling comfortable and balanced in the relationship. This card represents mutual interests and friendship. These qualities are excellent factors in a good relationships so this bodes well! Check out the spreads here: Day 8

Austin’s love interest.
3 of Wands
Ooh! Intriguing! Austin’s love interest is confident and patient. He sets plans into motion and waits for things to fall into place! Possibly Austin is one of his plans??

How they will meet.
5 of Wands
Seems like there is to be a battle of wills! How exciting! Will they meet chasing the same thing for different purposes? Will they compete against each other? I’m on the edge of my seat!

Where they will meet.
9 of Coins
This card depicts a luxurious garden so they must be meeting in the courtyard or private garden of an estate. I wonder who’s estate?

What their initial feelings are towards one another.
10 of Wands
Looks like they are in strong competition against each other. Power struggles are ensuing but obviously they have a spark of attraction too.

Outcome for the relationship.
The Chariot
Success is a likely outcome for their relationship if they are both determined to make it work. I see prosperous ventures for them if they work together.

The Love Interest

I wanted to KNOW who the love interest would turn out to be so I drew a card and, what do you know, it was the Knight of Coins which is our heroine, Austin! Could it be that she must learn to love herself before she can love another? I felt this required a second pull and so drew the Page of Cups. Seems he will be complex! When coupled with the 3 of Wands from above, it makes for a dynamic individual. Gentle and kind, but a bit romantic too. Because the Page is blond and blue eyed I assume our heroine’s love interest will be the same. Most likely he is a bit younger than she is as well. Exciting!

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting Cast

Meet the Supporting Cast – NaNoWriMo & Tarot

Meet the Supporting Cast

Today Tea is For Tarot provides us a spread to meet the supporting cast. This spread show us who Austin is going to meet and when! To follow along with Tea is for Tarot’s challenge, check out her post here: Day 8

First Character

Ace of Cups

Who are they?
A friendly and warm person who has an air of joy about her. She’s intuitive and connected.

Where are they?
It looks like they must be at the beach! Or an aquarium.

What are they doing?
Either observing fish or swimming with them.

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
Well, I get the sense that she’s someone that will be good for Austin.

Second Character

The Emperor

Who are they?
He’s an authority figure. Possibly a boss. Head of her mercenary guild?

Where are they?
They are in his place of power. I’m thinking is office.

What are they doing?
I get the sense that Austin doesn’t want to be having this conversation.

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
He … is intimidating. Sure of himself. Austin respects him at the same time as she fears him a little.

Third Character

8 of Wands

Who are they?
A group of adrenaline junkies.

Where are they?
In the sky.

What are they doing?
Jumping out of planes with colorful parachutes. Searching for a rush!

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
They look fun! Seeking adventure always but genuinely good people.

Fourth Character

Three of Swords

Who are they?
She’s a broken woman.

Where are they?
Outside on a stormy night.

What are they doing?
Weeping. Mourning the loss of her relationship. Devastated about the betrayal.

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
She’s incredibly sad and a little angry, possibly a bit dangerous.

Fifth Character

Knight of Coins

Who are they?
This is Austin. She’s meeting herself.

Where are they?
She’s on a ranch in lush forested area.

What are they doing?
She’s battling herself. Attempting to come to grips with the choices she’s made and the direction she needs to go.

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
She looks incredibly confused.

Sixth Character

Two of Cups

Who are they?
A happily married couple.

Where are they?
At a beachside restaurant.

What are they doing?
Having a romantic dinner.

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
They look like they are deeply in love and wrapped up in each other.

Last Character

4 of Coins

Who are they?
A financial planner or banker. Holds the purse strings.

Where are they?
A vault.

What are they doing?
Balancing the books, counting the coin, controlling the wealth.

Do they look nice, helpful, scary, dangerous, sad, etc?
They look narrow minded and difficult.

Well now that we’ve had a chance to meet the supporting cast, it is time to really dig into the story. If you missed some of the progress you can catch up here:

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story

Today’s post had a bonus True Love Story Spread… Stay tuned…

The Heart of the Story – NaNoWriMo & Tarot

Today we flesh out what the story is all about. Tea is for Tarot created a 7 card spread aimed at discovering the heart of the story. We build the story up and discover what drives our characters. In doing so, we reveal their motivations. Check out the spread here: Day 6

What Austin is after:
Knight of Coins/4 of Cups
Austin seeks release from boredom even as she seeks a more dependable life.

What secondary goals does your hero have?
King of Swords
This one is obvious! Austin needs to catch the villain! This card represented our villain, Darius” career.

What challenges does Austin face?
10 of Coins
Austin is plagued by insecurity and her loyalties will soon be challenged.

What consequences will your hero face for their actions?
The High Priestess/10 of Cups
Hmmm. Positive consequences: enlightenment and happiness.  Negative consequences: secrets revealed and friends betrayed.

How will your villain try to stop them?
Death/The Tower
Darius plans to destroy her life and shake her faith. Darius wants Austin to feel like her world is crashing down around her.

What is your villain’s motivation?
Knight of Cups
Darius wants to be perceived as prince charming even though he is anything but.

What would/will your villain gain by defeating your hero?
Faith/Strength
He strengthens his power base. Darius becomes the all powerful god of his world. People follow his every word willingly and faithfully. His power will strengthen his empire.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain

The Villain – NaNoWriMo & Tarot

The villain (or antagonist) in this book will be based off the Queen of Coins. Interesting since our heroine, Austin, is also based on a coins court card. Because this is the villain, I decided to use the reversed aspects of this card. This Queen in reverse is known to be mean, selfish, materialistic, greedy, ruthless, and manipulative. These are excellent villain qualities! While this card generally represents a woman, I feel the villain is a man. The colors are green and gold like the protagonist, but the Queen in this card has wavy auburn hair and green/gray eyes and which I feel is a good description for my villain.

The pros (upright meaning) of the Queen of Coins that I feel fit my villain are: charm, sensuality, resourceful, orderly, and practical.

To see Tea Is For Tarot’s post for this: Day 5

THE VILLAIN INTERVIEW

What kind of job, if any, does he have?
King of Swords
Educated, expert, stern, knowledgeable, goal-oriented, strict, cruel, calculating. When I pulled this card, I got the feeling that he dealt in information. Possibly a crime boss who’s currency is information.

Defining Characteristic
The Lovers
Again I feel that the reverse aspects are more applicable here: he’s physically attractive and controlling.

What makes him memorable or forgettable?
The Sun
People fall under his sway because he is charming and attractive. It’s like you have the Sun shining on you when he looks your way. He’s self-assured and wealthy.

What talents does he have?
10 of Wands
Another overlap with our protagonist but expressed differently. His talents are delegation and competition. He’s out to win.

What is his greatest flaw?
Two of Cups
He’s emotionally withdrawn and isn’t able to connect with another person.

What is his greatest strength?
4 of Wands
He’s successful in all of his endeavors and has built himself an empire.

What is his deepest desire?
The World
He wants it all! His hope is that once he rules everything he will feel fulfilled.

What is his deepest fear?
The Devil
One might think this villain IS The Devil! But he’s afraid of being bound up and shackled. He doesn’t want to be attached to anything or anyone tempting as it might seem.

What is his family life like?
Temperance
His family suffered many hardships but he is the polar opposite of the rest of them. Since he is successful this leads me to believe that is family members are petty thieves. Maybe even addicts.

What is his personal motivation?
9 of Cups
Satisfaction. All he wants in the world is to be satisfied, but he never is.

WHAT IS HIS NAME?

I assigned the the suits as follows:

Swords – Fierce/Edgy
Wands – Magical
Coins – Earthy
Cups – Intuitive
Major – Unique

I decided I wanted the villain to to have 3 names as well so I pulled 3 cards. I pulled two majors and a cup. After looking up unique and intuitive names I have come up with: Darius Vincent Concord.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise