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 –
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.
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…
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?