Earlier this week, Trish wrote about overcoming the dreaded writer’s inertia. This was a timely post for me because I haven’t been writing for the last few weeks. I know…GASP. (It may explain why I’m feeling a little out of sorts.)
But I told myself that after I got Sugar Crash up and out to the world, I’d spend some time taking care of some ‘business’ stuff. Well, it’s a been a few weeks and yes I got a lot done, and yes, there is still stuff to do, but I’m itching to get back at writing. SO here we go.
Yesterday, it was cold and miserable outside. The perfect day for copious amounts of tea and storyboarding.
I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve recently started using the methods (roughly) in Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. It is a screenwriting book, but the methodology works so well for novels as well.
I sat down with some colored index cards, my notebook and a blank board and got to work. There was scribbling and ripping of cards. Some reorganizing and rewriting. BUT…I’m happy to say that I’m back on the board!
The cool thing about this board is that there is lots of room to add, expand and grow the story. Because that’s how I write. What I start with is not what I end with! It’s actually strange that I like the big old board, instead of the fancy electronic corkboard in my writing program. I mean I do live on my computer.
But there’s something about the physical act of writing out each scene or potential scene on an index card (colored of course) and putting it on the big board that sparks my creative juices. And hey, I like office supplies!
Some people say, “Oh, I can’t plan like that, I have to write what the characters tell me to.” And yes, I get that. I also have characters speaking to me and telling me what to do. But that’s the cool thing about the cork board. It’s not permanent. Move the cards around or heck, rip them up and throw them out. I’m actually not a plottser and I’m not a pantser. I’m definitely somewhere in between. I’ll start with what I have here but I can guarantee it’s going to look a lot different when I’m done. And THAT is the exciting part!
So..have you tried story boarding? Does it work for you? What do you like or hate?