Oracle of the Day: Knight of Swords

Victory is the ONLY option.   Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Victory is the ONLY option.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

Now is the time to take your head out of the clouds.  The Knight of Swords encourages you to pay attention to upcoming events.  Something is bound to pop in a way you never thought possible.

So how does this “message of caution” translate to your writing?

Writing Focus:

Your character is walking through life without any real worry, and then BAM…. Someone, somewhere steps in your character’s path with unexpected news and warns, “You better be careful.”

One scene that stands out the most out of the many scenes that screams “Knight of Swords” in the book Copper Sun by Sharon Draper — is when Amari sees the white men come into her village and they turn her life upside down.  Once loved ones are killed and she is forced to go to a country she knows nothing about, Amari resolves not to waver from her focus — freedom.

The powerful “Knight of Swords” element can be seen in other great stories.  To attempt to create such a list would be a difficult task as many works of literature has certain qualities that deem them great.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

This is a time for you to create your character to become a mover and shaker.  Your character can only thing the following thought – Victory is the ONLY option. 

Think Patrick Henry who said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” when he spoke at the Virginia Convention in 1775.  

What will your character do to embody the energy and qualities of “The Knight of Swords”?   Include this in your rough draft.

In what ways can your character possess the inclination to be a seeker and cut to the core of the truth?  Include this in your rough draft.

Identify some foreshadowing elements that would enhance your story and allow your character to stand up and take notice of the messages of caution.

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who helps writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles along with a healthy dose of imagination.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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