Central theme of your writing piece for the day: Destiny is determined by the spirit. In other words, your characters destinies are determined by a force outside of themselves. Sort of predetermined, if you will.
This is one of the great elements of writing. YOU get to predetermine the lives of your character.
The mere thought of this makes me automatically think of world domination and this sinister laugh follows immediately afterwards. Yes, go ahead and throw in the hand wringing factor as well.
However, there is another spirit. One that resides within your character. The spirit of resolve and determination. The spirit that guides your character into what is true and what is false. Your character, through his/her actions, can change the course of life – depending on the personal truth. This is manifested in the Magical Shape Shifter — look closely and you will see a compass.
Pretty cool connection. Compass = Moral compass.
The Magical Map Shifter reversed shows that your character is being clouded by an illusion s/he has created around him/herself. In this instance, the self-truth does not match the reality. Staying int his holding pattern can be detrimental. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the focus of your story line.
Also, the Magical Map Shifter reversed indicates the characters in your book – minor and major – have people ebbing and flowing. Folks come into a person’s life for a reason. Sometimes it’s for a short duration, and other times it’s for a life time. There are moments in-between. Take a look at the photograph, you will see the person in the picture is juggling different elements/objects. A gap of time exists between the objects.
Your character is clinging onto an illusion of what their life is like, however the Magical Map Shifter has already pre-determined the life path. What are some ways you can incorporate this element into your story? Is there a character that could benefit from this trait, as a result adding to the third-dimensionality factor?
Or perhaps, your character has had enough of the trials and tribulations of the illusory construct and has decided to face the truth head on. What does that journey to the truth look like? How does your character swim out of the illusory world? What are some of the tall tales your character tells him/herself? Does your character remain in a holding pattern and hope for a different outcome?
I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:
In the Writing Focus, there were several questions that were posed. These questions were constructed to get you thinking about how you can incorporate the Magical Map Shifter into your story. If you are writing a rough draft, be sure to inject some elements of your character not wanting to face the truth about something. Show your reader how your character emerges from this – either as a better person or a not so good person (because s/he decided being bad was so much cooler than the alternative).
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 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.
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