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KalaStoryBoardAre you a writer working on a new book or dreaming about one day writing a book?

Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. You wonder where to begin and how will the story or subject matter take shape…. Some people like to write out an outline of their book, but what do you do if you think differently and outlines don’t come naturally to you?

For me, seeing things visually help jump start my creative process. I often get the best ideas when I take a break from trying to focus and instead, stare out my window for a few moments, taking in the beauty of nature. It relaxes me and takes me out of my logic mind and opens the creative gateway.  I find that I’m a much better writer when I give myself time to play and time to dream and day dream and then return to work with a new focus and outlook.

I’ve taken this process further, by creating visual story boards for my books.  I have a very large cork board in my office, where my stories begin. The photo shared here in this post, is how my story board currently looks, each item is a bit of inspiration, into the lives of my characters, how they live, what they think about, even how they like to dress and their favorite colors. It gives me insight and visual appeal into their world.  When I sit down to write, I gaze at the story board and it draws me into the scene, which helps me write more descriptively and pulls me into the time, space and setting.

Try it next time you are writing, maybe even immerse yourself in your story. Drink tea if your character loves tea, wear a hat from the 1920’s if this is when your scene is set, in essence, become the book you are writing. It will force you to think deeper about what you are writing and put you in the mood.

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About the Author

Kala Ambrose is "Your Travel Guide to the Other Side". As an award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics. In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites. Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce's ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Daily Om and her school, the Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.

3 responses to “Kala’s Writing Tip #1: Create Visual Appeal to Jump Start Your Book

  1. This is really great, Kala! Thanks for sharing– I’ll definitely create a visual storyboard for my future writing projects.

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