As I’m sure most of you know, storyboarding is a process of creating words or images that aid in the production of a novel (or film). It can be done in one of many ways. Today I thought I’d share mine.
I use a visual storyboard. When thinking up a story or series, I spend days or weeks imagining how my characters will look, where they’ll live, where the story takes place, etc. When I first started writing I saved the images onto my computer. But I found myself having to reference them often, so I eventually printed them all out and taped them onto a poster board. Once I did that, something amazing happened. It worked perfectly to draw me into the world every time I sit down at my writing desk.
Here’s my end result for my current series (and I’m still adding pictures):
Next to the images of my characters, I’ve added images for places that are important to their story: home, work, places they often frequent. On the right-hand side, I’ve clipped all of my preparatory information: Character Sheets, Timeline, GMCs, plot points. It’s amazing how often I go back and look at these.
So, do you use a storyboard or a similar pre-production tool? If not, do you do anything special to immerse yourself in your character’s world?