Symbolism can add depth to our writing, turning characters into real people, and developing nuance in scenes. In today's podcast interview, Caroline Donahue explains how to use Tarot cards to delve into symbolism and give your unconscious mind some fuel for creativity.
In the introduction, I talk about the ghostwriting + plagiarism scandal sweeping the romance community #copypastecris, referring to Courtney Milan's original article and what to do about it, plus Kris Rusch's in-depth analysis. I explain the difference between ghostwriting and co-writing, as well as why ghostwriting is a normal practice in publishing [Reedsy examples], but plagiarism is most definitely not acceptable.
Today's show is sponsored by my Productivity for Authors mini-course with lessons on saying no and setting boundaries, finding time to write, making the most of your writing time, co-writing, working with author assistants, dictation, tools I use personally, and thoughts on health and mindset. Find all my courses at: www.TheCreativePenn.com/learn
- Common misconceptions about tarot
- Ways of using the tarot to think about character motivation and inner landscape
- The three types of archetypal journeys a book, its author and its characters go through
- Doing tarot readings with authors to discover what may not be working in a book
- Why you don’t need to know what the cards mean before working with them
- Why your subconscious matters when working with tarot
- On interviewing authors and noticing what they have in common
- On the changes a new city and continent have had on Caroline’s writing
You can find Caroline Donahue at CarolineDonahue.com and on Twitter @carodonahue