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Once reserved for mystics and seers, the tarot is one of the best tools for boosting your creativity and shifting your imagination into high gear. Famous authors such as John Steinbeck and Stephen King have used the tarot deck to tap into deep wells of inspiration, and you can enliven your own writing the same way--whether you craft short stories, novels, poetry, nonfictio ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published February 8th 2009 by Llewellyn Publications (first published February 1st 2009)
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Nytetyger
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-challenge
The first half of the book is your standard "how to read tarot cards" that you can honestly find even free on the internet. The second half, however, is fascinating-- how to, when you are stuck and cannot figure what to write, pull a few cards and get ideas for a character or a plot idea. I really liked this section and intend to refer to it often in the future. ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
Didn’t finish as I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this book. I enjoyed what I did read and fully intend to pick this up again someday and work through some of the fun exercises in it.
Abigail
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
interesting and potentially useful!
Dorothy
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review pending. So far only fault I found is inclusion of reading for Waite-Smith deck. Not everyone uses that deck, so not everyone has those particular images. I personally favor the Mystical Manga Tarot by Rann and Barbara Moore. My Fool is a very different image from A.E. Waite's. ...more
Steve Cran
An excellent book has been written for writers who want to use Tarot cards to spur on their creativity. Several authors like Stephen a King and Italo Calvino have used a deck of Tarot cards to inspire them in their writing. The most common Tarot deck is the Rider Waite deck developed back in the earlier part of this century. Use of other Tarot cards goes back to the Early 14oo’s

There are several spreads that one can use to help their writing. The first one is a two card reading . This is used to
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Lynn
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was fascinating. The only think I think might be a problem is I think you would need a deck that had art work that was kinda themed to go with your story... or maybe I need to think more outside the box. I loved the concept and think it would be fun to write a whole story based on it. I think if you got several people together and asked they to write a story using the techniques in this book and the exact same deck you would end up with several very different stories. Might be a fun ex ...more
Beth Henry
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was, and continues to be, an invaluable book in my journaling. She has included writing prompts for each card along with goodies like astrological associations, symbols, myth, and archetypes. She has also written a book on Tarot and Astrology if you want an additional companion to your writing journey. This book is for those who want to look deeply within each card.
Quinn Collard
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I used this book for NaNoWriMo in 2013 and it gave me a lot of good ideas. I'm just learning tarot and I'd never thought of using it as a writing aid before I got this book, but it was very thought-provoking and helpful. ...more
Martin Spernau
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a solid book about how to use the Tarot as an inspirational tool for writing. Writing prompts for each card, full meanings etc.
I do recommend this book if you are into cards... and if you want to start.
Allan H. Goodman
Interesting take on the Tarot.
Leamarie
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great for brainstorming!
Michele Cacano
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-on-writing
An interesting arrangement of Tarot meanings, layouts, readings and writing exercises. Includes history and basics of Tarot, which I didn't need, but enjoyed her take on it, anyway. ...more
Jess
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmmm. I was bitten by the writing bug long ago, and I have a pretty regular personal tarot practice for many years now. Combining the two felt quite natural to me, and I have been exploring tarot as a writing tool, following my own impulses and intuitions, on my own. I hoped this book would maybe give me some new ideas, but my creative process does not mesh so well with the methods outlined in this book.

If you are brand new to writing and tarot, this will surely be a handy resource. If you are
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Alexandria Blaelock
Interesting take on using a tarot spread to plot a story/novel or pulling random cards to develop character, setting, and plot. Some suggestions for other aspects of writing like covers and administration. Also includes links to archetypes, symbology astrology and descriptions of the cards. Worth experimenting with just to see.
Adrienne
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
Full of inspiration for writers and writing. I liked this book better than Astrology for Writers because this one seemed to make more sense to me. The cards can be somewhat related to Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, which can be helpful for a story arc. ...more
Hannah
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book doesnt just teach you to apply tarot to your writing. It can also teach you how to write.
Victoria Osborne
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-books
In my on going quest to ferret out obscure writing books, today I am going to review “Tarot for Writers” by Corrine Kenner.
Writers have long used tarot cards as writing prompts. Even the famous Stephen King uses them. The imagery on the cards, the pictures and the symbolism sparks a deep chord.
Though almost any deck with varied pictures for inspiration can work, the tarroka by whitewolf for the Ravenloft supplements was specifically created to inspire character and plot development in a Dungeon
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Lee Ann
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I was very pleased with this book. I've always been fascinated with reading tarot cards; I have a deck, but I have very little knowledge of how to read the cards. The book that my deck came with is a tiny little thing that doesn't go into much depth. But Tarot for Writers has helped me to understand the cards better, and has also given me some ideas as far as writing goes.

As with every book, I did see some problems with this one. I'm not familiar enough with tarot history to know if it is actual
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Gretchen Turonek
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't speak to the merits of this book as a tarot guide, given that I'm a hobbyist at best. It's clear that the focus of this guide is the craft of writing and the creative process, and it keeps mentions of tarot's more mystical side to a minimum. I find that the exercises and prompts in this book are helpful and different from a lot of writing guides I've seen out there, and I'd recommend it for any writer or artist looking for something outside of the proverbial box.

The more in-depth interpr
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Erika
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: divination, writting
I am a bit mixed on this book, on one hand I disagreed with a lot of her interpretations of the card but on the other I am far enough along in my understanding of the tarot that this didn't really throw me and I was able to use what I already knew instead. I did find many of the exercises for creating characters and scenes and such to be interesting and helpful and rather entertaining to use. This seems to be either for an experienced writer or an extremely casual writer though, as the suggestio ...more
Viridian5
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, guide, magic
Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner had some interesting thoughts on sparking ideas for characters and plots, but so much of it is so repetitious that it can be difficult to get through. The writing style doesn't help. Also, it's probably just trying to be thorough in presenting possibilities but the result is that it seems the author spends more time interrogating the cards than actually writing stories from it.

Since the book suggests that people create their own spreads to read and get ideas
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J.A.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This isn't so much a Tarot book as it is a guide to using the Tarot to jump start a writer's creativity. It features different spreads and ways to use (or misuse, depending upon your point of view) a Tarot deck to help determine plots and characterizations. It's intriguing, but I'm not certain my decks would be happy to be put to such use. ...more
Brandi
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity, writing
An enjoyable read and a great companion for writing with the tarot.
Matt Kelland
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
Brilliant. One of the most useful writing tools I've yet tried. ...more
Yvonne Day
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very Useful!
Oliver Ho
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the wide variety of associations for each card and element on the cards, and her suggestions for relating the cards to writing exercises and stories in general.
Jennifer Louden
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
fun and interesting writing help. i use it with the Angeles Arrien book. useful!
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Corrine Kenner is a certified tarot master and the author of several books, including Simple Fortunetelling with Tarot Cards, Tarot Journaling, Tall Dark Stranger: Tarot for Love and Romance, The Epicurean Tarot, and the forthcoming Wizards Tarot and Tarot for Writers. \r
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Corrine has lived in Brazil and Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelors degree in philosophy from California State Universit
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