Sometimes as writers we just have to give the written word a rest. Maybe inspiration just isn't there; you stare at a blank page and really don’t have anything to say. If your writing muse is hiding from you, then it’s time to try a different creative process.
A story vision board is a great way to hone in on your plot or figure out what makes your character tick. Grab a poster board, markers, scissors, glue and materials to decorate your board. Magazines, stickers, yarn and felt are all great materials to use for this project. Start by adding images, stickers, a few words and anything that relates to your story. Make sure to limit your words, this is a visual experience. Don’t over think the process. I like to use the yarn to show connections. Just start cutting and pasting and see where it leads you. It might be a general vision board about your story or you can end up with a board that is all about your characters.
If you allow the process to be fun and release you from the angst of feeling stuck, you may discover that the words and ideas start flowing again. This process is useful, even if you are not stuck. Post the vision board in your writing space. A story vision board, kept in sight when you write, can help nudge your story forward and provide you with inspiration.
If this sounds a little too crafty for you, consider creating a virtual vision board. Check out , it’s like using a virtual cork board.
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