I’m the first to admit that the idea of a ‘vision board’ doesn’t fit with my writing style. The visions I have in my highly imaginative brain are quite enough to feed my storylines, but after researching the idea, I’m slowly leaning the other way.
Supposedly, a vision board is a valuable tool. There are more benefits than just looking at some collection of images that you cut out from magazines.
So, how do they work?
Using a Vision Board can help you plot your narrative, giving your brain a chance to access its creative side
- While most of us will have a plot outline somewhere that we refer back to as we are creating our storyline, another tool would utilize photographs and images that spark your imagination and allow you to envision your story.
- Visual thinkers will especially find this method helpful. While writers usually recognize words as their most important tools – we should never forget that pictures can speak thousands of words with just one glance.
- Additionally, a vision board for your novel’s plot allows you to step back and see’ your narrative in your mind’s eye. Rather than having to follow your plot timeline word-by-word, you get a visual overview of it.
- This method lets your plot play out in your mind allowing you to free-associate between ideas and find new paths to take your narrative down. An extra benefit is that you can quickly and easily visualize your plot’s timeline.
- This will allow you to spot potential plot holes, as well as finding solutions in a much faster way. While this method might not work for everyone, it is one way to spend your time when you are hitting a wall and suffering from writer’s block.
Take a break from words and immerse yourself in visuals
- Allowing yourself to take some time away from your writing gives your brain (and your hands) time to breathe.
- So, one way to use your time in between writing projects is to move away from words and create something visual.
- Vision boards aren’t usual as taxing as writing. They are simple, personal and creative. As a result, they are enormously therapeutic. Going through images you like and turning them into a collage will give you something beautiful.
- Even if your vision board never turns into a story or novel, you’ve allowed your mind to relax and move into a meditative state. You’ve gotten a much-needed break from your keyboard, and you will feel recharged and ready to write.
Vision Boards help you find motivation, as well as visualizing writing success
- Which authors’ careers do you admire? Find some photographs of them and past them onto your vision board. I know that I would definitely have pictures of Stephen King, John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, Nora Ephron, and Jodi Picoult.
- Who do you see on your image board?
- Utilize the Amazon search engine and find some images of your favorite novels and past them on too.
- Find some images of your favorite novels and include them in there as well.
- You could even select some of your favorite lines from books — it’s up to you.