I've been meaning to write this post for some time. I originally tried to write my latest novel, Crimson Earth, on the fly. I wanted the process to be filled with as much discovery as I had endured--uh, I mean, enjoyed--when I first wrote Violet Storm. Unfortunately, the anxiety of a looming deadline (a seriously ambitious deadline) stunted my ability to be as fully creative as I had been in the past. The fun factor didn't exist now that it felt more like work rather than a pastime. I did everything I could to get out of the creative rut. One idea that made the whole experience and process fun again, was Storyboarding.
How does creating a storyboard help?
If creating a storyboard is too much like outlining for you (and that's not what you're interested in), then try creating a mood board (this is simply art, objects, scene-cards that you want to display).
- Visual: I'm a very visual learner. If you're like me, storyboarding will help you see the landscapes, environments, and cultural nuances that you might be having a hard time visualizing clearly, which will come across in the writing. If you're struggling, it's likely your readers will struggle as well.
- Pacing: Storyboarding can help you see each scene a little more clearly. What will happen and when it will happen. If there's not much happening, there won't be much to put in its place on the board, and it might mean removing altogether if that scene doesn't contribute much to the overall story.
- Plotting: You can see your major plot, your subplots, and yes...your plot holes.
- Immersive: Storyboarding is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the world and in your work. One glance and you're back there again, ready to dive into the adventure.
- Creative: Writing is a great creative outlet for me, but sometimes I need to stretch that fun-factor a little more. Creating a mood board or a storyboard is a great way to do that. I try to plug in prints/photos that help inspire the unique aspects of the culture, the people, the architecture.
|Here is a sample of my story-board. I tack and untack the note-cards when I sit down to write my scenes (chapters). Next time, I plan on using multi-colored notecards to denote the beginning, middle, and end of the story.|
|BTW - Violet Storm, Book One of the Modi Series is on sale for $0.99 cents for the month of December!|