Oracle of the Day: Flying (Reversed)

Flying Reversed

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Central theme of your writing piece for the day: Your characters have to learn the concepts of being humble.  This card indicates that someone in your book needs to come down from the sky and ground themselves.

The sayings –  “One must learn to crawl before they walk.” and “Calm down, young grasshopper.  Everything will come to you in due time.” – make some people cringe.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s nice to have things happen NOW.  However, with this card present – patience is key.  Your characters must take a slice of humble pie and SMILE while they are eating the delectable morsel.

So rather than running to rescue the damsel in distress, you might want to throw in a curve ball and have your character take a detour to the local coffee shop to chat with the sizzling barista.

Perhaps the fire-breathing dragon is about to snack on the hero, but something interrupts him before he can take the first bite.

The Flying Card in reverse is a great time to stop and slow some of your exciting moments in your book.  After all, a little delay in gratification can lead to bigger and better payoffs.

Writing Focus: Are there characters in your book that could take baby steps in their lives before a massive takeoff?  If so, what does that look like for them?  How do they feel about having to go against their nature and exercise a little bit of humility and patience? What kind of words would you include to allow your readers to feel the times someone in your book had to remain grounded?

If you’ve already written your piece – go back and review some areas where delayed gratification could be incorporated to heighten the anticipation.  What other areas could you include the proverbial saying – “Good things come to those who wait.”

Take Action Prompt: Take a look at your non-fiction or fiction piece whether it be a memoir, short story, novella, or novel.  Are there any areas that the “Flying” in reverse oracle could take place in your characters’ lives so you can draw your readers further into the world you have written?  If so, include this element into your piece.

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  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 The Enchanted Map by Colette Baron-Reid.  You can visit her shop here. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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