January 2022: Tarot Cards for Writing Inspiration
Welcome to 2022, Horror Tree followers! Here’s hoping it’s a productive year on the writing front for you all! I am always partial to animals, but lately I’ve rediscovered my love for what’s now (or has it always been?) known as “furry fiction”.
In any case, I hope to see more of your spooky stories in the New Year! (If you want to submit them to The Horror Tree, here’s the link to submit: https://horrortree.com/submissions/)
Character: The Wise One (The Hermit). The main character is someone who has withdrawn from society. They are disenchanted with the world as it is, and spend their days in quiet reflection. They have everything they need from the nature that surrounds them.
Setting: Four of Swords. The sanctuary the main character has chosen for themselves is deep in the wilderness such as a swamp, protected (so far) from the depredations of the human race.
Theme/Development: The Lovers. However, the sanctuary is not removed enough from others, and the main character discovers that another is seeking the same refuge in this as-yet-discovered natural habitat. Despite the attempt of the main character to preserve its autonomy and hermit lifestyle, the pair begin to form a deep interpersonal bond.
Conflict/Climax: Ace of Cauldrons (Reversed). However, hunters have tracked the hermit’s new friend, and the peaceful sanctuary is discovered. Having no protection from the weapons of the hunters, the duo must flee for their very lives–and face a situation where there may be no escape.
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