Runes as a Writing Aid
Note from Publisher: I'm always on the lookout for talented writers and artists on the internet. Ms. Lazarus mentioned on the Romance Foretold email list she was a weekend mystic and that she uses runes to help her writing when she is blocked. I wanted to learn more about this new aid to creativity.
I have cast Runes for a writing exercise for the MMRWA Retreat from Harsh Reality, and I often use them when I am stuck with stubborn characters who refuse to do anything. I use a three Rune cast symbolizing situation, agent of change, and conclusion or result. Then I write a scene putting my characters in that situation and quite often the writing starts to stream along again.
Here is an example from the Retreat:
The Situation: Rune drawn, Perdhro
The Agent of Change: Rune drawn, Hagall
The Conclusion: Rune drawn, Lagaz
As you can see, there are many ways a writer could go with this reading, and though it is simple and not really specific, one gets a great deal of direction from it. There is a sort of freedom in letting go and opening up to the suggestions in the reading. If the scene stinks, well, just blame it on the Runes! No pressure there!
There are as many interpretations of the symbols of the Futhark as there are "experts" who write about them. I got my favorite interpretation from a little book posted as freeware to the Net. If anyone wants historical facts about Runes, I am not the best resource. I have read background information, but most of my interest is in the everyday use one can get.
I do know that many peoples used Runes to explain the unexplainable. Runes
were also used by Seers to focus what I believe were their extrasensory
abilities. In any case, Runes are an interesting tool and an enjoyable
pastime. Have fun with them.
Here are a couple of sites that will show you some of the different Rune
There are many more out there. Have fun and explore.
Patricia Lazarus is a member of MMRWA in Michigan. She is a weekend mystic and enjoys using Runes to help her write when she is blocked. She writes Fantasy and SF romance, and loves to read same.
Her stories involve alternate worlds and whole new worlds. She includes sorcery and swordplay, technostuff and medieval-type societies. She loves using extrasensory talents and fabulous beasts in her tales. Or fabulous tails on her beasts.
Ansuz - runestone
1. For convincing and magnetic speech
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