How Post-it Notes Changed my Writing Life

It’s Saturday and I’m officially ready to declare that it’s been a really good writing week! I’ve had some major plot breakthrough’s, and that alone is worth jumping up and down for. One of the reasons for those breakthrough’s started with this –

Post-it Notes

Stay with me…I swear my random purchase of Post-it notes is going somewhere! It all started last week when I read a great post about writers rooms for television shows.

‘Lost’ Writers Room

Storyboard from ‘Community’ writers room

Arrested Development Writers Room

Looking at those walls all covered in notes, made my brain ponder…“Hmmmm….maybe I should do something like that for my book!”

I’ve got so many plot snippets and ideas swimming around in my head. I’ve tried writing them down in notebooks, and in Scrivener. But I think there’s just something about seeing it all laid out in front of you. So out came the Post-its…

My Creation

I stood in front of it, and talked to myself, and re-arranged stuff, and had some MAJOR plot breakthrough’s in the process. So now Post-it notes are officially my new BFF for life! It was a real eye-opener for me. Suddenly I could clearly see plot holes that I’d missed, or even where I was revealing a characters secrets too soon.

My storyboard’s still in its beginning stages, but I can already tell, it’s going to be a powerful tool in my writing process. Want to create your own storyboard? Follow these simple instructions:

Step 1: Buy Post-it notes (cool colors optional)
Step 2: Dig out your favorite Sharpie.
Step 3: Located a large blank wall (preferably one that’s not in a common area of your house/apartment)
Step 4: Label Post-its with major plot points
Step 5: Put points in chronological order on the wall
Step 6: Step back, take a look, ponder, re-arrange as necessary
Step 7: Add scene notes/ideas to post-its (when inspiration strikes!)
Step 8: Repeat Step 6 when needed

Anybody else storyboard?

About Poppy

Having been an avid reader since the womb, Poppy is finally sitting down to write that book she's always talked about writing.
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12 Responses to How Post-it Notes Changed my Writing Life

  1. evalangston says:

    This is almost exactly what I wrote about today!

  2. kathialf says:

    that sounds really cool. I’m going to use that for my book too! 🙂 thanks

  3. Glad you had a good writing week.
    I’d love to have a story board but I’ve never had room. I do use scrivener quite a bit thought. It’s useful but not as satisfying as I imagine post its to be.

    • Poppy says:

      I love love love me some scrivener! But like you said, not nearly as satisfying. What if you bought a large poster board, and did it on that?

      • I’m moving house in September and there will be (squeal!) a study. I do have to share it with my other half, but since your post I am dropping hints about the the domination of one wall. Even if I just rest the poster board against it.
        Thanks again for the post.

  4. Carolin says:

    Post-Its are the absolute best. This is how I do my best plotting work. I have a problem with mine falling off the wall after a while though. 😛

    • Poppy says:

      Hey Carolin! (my new BFF) I was worried about my post its falling! So far so good though. They do also have post-its that are sticky on the entire backside. They’re more expensive, but I might want to invest in some of those in the future!

  5. Janeal Falor says:

    I love sticky notes! They are seriously one of my favrotie things as a write. I’ve used them so many ways. Plus, it always feels so good to be able to throw a stack away when I’ve completed them. Win!

  6. Kate says:

    Yep, I’m a big fan of the Post It. My tip – (and in reference to what another poster mentioned above…) make sure you back up the sticky with some tape or something, especially if you’re buying the cheapies. There are few things more demoralising than to get up one morning and find your awesomely laid out plot not so awesomely laid out on the floor. Learned that one the hard way kids! 🙂

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