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.