The Story Oracle: A Creative Writing Inspiration Deck--78 Cards and Guidebook

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The Story Oracle: A Creative Writing Inspiration Deck--78 Cards and Guidebook

Cards – September 5, 2023

by Katherine Furman (Author), Laia Albaladejo (Illustrator)

A creative twist on divination cards such as tarot and oracle, The Story Oracle offers a deck of 78 unique cards with bright, iconic illustrations and open-ended, multi-meaning readings designed to inspire storytelling.

Break writer’s block and find inspiration at every turn of the card! Whether you are trying to find a story direction, deepen a character, dig out of a rut, or kick-start a new narrative, these cards will bring creative insight and let your inner storyteller shine through.

Just draw a card to determine the next twist in your story (maybe “Follow That Car” or “Misunderstanding”), shape the perfect character arc (such as “Pride,” “Guardian,” then “Surprise Villain”), and much more. A guidebook offers potential readings for each individual card (upright and reverse), as well as card layouts that set up a variety of story conditions.

AN INNOVATIVE DECK ROOTED IN STORYTELLING HISTORY: In sixteenth-century Italy, a popular parlor game would have players dealt cards depicting symbols and themes, from which the players would write poetic verses about one another. These cards would later also take on oracular meaning and over time evolve into the tarot as we know it. Then and now, cards can be powerful tools to reveal a living narrative or story direction.

SHAKE UP YOUR PROCESS: Tap into unconscious currents of storytelling. Confirm where you think your story is going or be inspired to turn it in a wholly unexpected but exciting new direction.

MULTIPLE INTERPRETATIONS, ENDLESSLY USEFUL: The accompanying 96-page booklet offers suggested potential meanings for each card, but these are only meant as a beginning. Take the cards at literal face value or as subjective symbols for interpretation. Upright and Reversed meanings are given for each card to expand their range of possibilities, and sample card layouts are also provided.

WIDE-RANGING CARD SUBJECTS: Subjects include The Clock Is Ticking, Flying High, A Difficult Truth, Guardian, The Key, The Perfect Sandwich, It's a Trap!, A Lesson from the Past, Something Hidden, Authority Figure, Home, Mischief, and dozens more.

Perfect for:

Writers in any genre or medium looking to find inspiration, a fresh approach, or a starting point for a new project

Fans of creative tarot decks and oracle cards

An antidote to writers block or unique addition to classroom tools for writers

Birthday, graduation, holiday, or anytime gift for writers and curious creatives

Cool creative gift for teens and adults, paired with a writing journal or set of pens

About the Author

Katherine Furman is the author of more than thirty books and the editor of hundreds more. She believes the best way to understand the world, yourself, and everything else is through writing. You can see what she's up to at or follow her—and her ridiculously cute dog—on Instagram @katherinefur.

Laia Albaladejo is a graphic designer, visual artist, and illustrator from Barcelona who currently lives and works in Japan. Her interactive figures can be seen in street art scenes all around the world. See more of her work at, or follow her on Instagram @wearelostintranslation and @ninetapower.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books (September 5, 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Cards ‏ : ‎ 78 pages