Whether you're starting a brand new novel, or trying desperately to finish one, sometimes you need a way to rediscover what you love about your novel. Having a visual representation of the unique aspects of your story can revive flagging enthusiasm for your project.
One way to do this is with a vision board. A vision board is a spot to collect images and words that have to do with your novel. Photos of characters. Images of settings. Examples of objects that play an important role in your story.
You may already have a bulletin board set up with a collection of pictures. Or maybe they're languishing in a computer file. But taking the time to put them together in a creative way can be an inspiration on those days when words are hard to come by. Adding to your collection will help you understand your story in new ways.
Charlotte Rains Dixon, a Portland-based writer, has written a helpful ebook that explains exactly what a vision board is, and why you might want one. Jump Start Your Book With a Vision Board will help you plan and create an eye-catching display for your writing space. It's free when you sign up for Dixon's bi-monthly newsletter.
If you're not the type for cut and paste, you can digitally create an electronic version of a vision board. Check out Glogster. It's a free site where you can make any kind of poster, using the clip art they supply, or importing in photos you come across.
I think it's time I came up with a vision board for my novel. I've already got character, setting, and object images. It would be cool to morph them into a poster, partly for my own inspiration, but also to explain my story obsession to others.
What about you? Do you have something like a vision board?