Storyboarding Like A Boss!

Now that I have decided what my manuscript is and how to focus my energy, the next step is outlining my novel. I  know that I shouldn’t know everything that happens in my book, but it’s important to understand where my story is going. I had no clue how to plan my book. Should I go by months? weeks? holidays? There is definitely no right answer to how long a novel should last. My characters are the only ones who can decide it for me. That and Doctor Who. When I chose a six month time-frame for the novel, it never occurred to me that it would span that length of time. It was Doctor Who that helped me to pick the resolution to my story. Why not end the story on Christmas and in England?!


The only difference is that my Christmas ending won’t be involving aliens or terrifying space ships. Yet, Christmas seems like the perfect time to resolve a lot of bad juju over the course of the novel. The easiest part about deciding the timing of my story was playing off my character. The most important time for a 13-year-old girl is the summer, and I wanted to showcase how important that is to your childhood. Not only that, but starting school in a new country is a pivotal point for my character to  experience. I was compelled to purchase a white erase board, so that I can write all of major notes.  The clean, glossy surface was just what I needed to put my novel into perspective, to know where it is heading.

I’m not trying to impose my new ideas or that it will ultimately effective at writing my novel. However, it does help organize your thoughts as well as visualize them. Whether it be brainstorming a new idea or plotting a half finished one, the goal is the same. Get your ideas in the most organized way you can be so that the story comes out the best.  I’ll share with you, my story board in case you don’t know where to start. On the right, I put a time line that had dates or months with small summaries on the left. Then, I placed themes for the overall story, and a list of characters that have been mentioned so far. Pictures I found from my research and a perfectly chosen actress from a casting website helps me visualize what I see me in my head. It may do that for you.


Please comment if you already have a story board, pictures too! And if this inspires you to make one share what comes from my suggestion 🙂


Happy reading/writing!


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6 responses to “Storyboarding Like A Boss!

  1. I’ve seen more and more writers using these white storyboards. I’m really tempted to get one myself.

    I’ve been using an Excel spreadsheet with multiple workbooks to outline everything in my novel. However, I’m leaning more towards something colorful and visual like your impressive storyboard. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s definitely worth it! I’ve switched from Microsoft word to Scrivner writing software, and that has amped up my organization skills by 1000%. It helps sort everything into chapters and scenes all in one program. The software even has a virtual corkboard to summarize your chapters and scenes. I suggest it AND the white erase board. It is magical, even when you’re not struggling with an idea, it allows you to focus on the big picture and the little details. Hope it helps you to finally go out and buy that sparkling white board 🙂

  2. I haven’t used a storyboard in that way before, but it looks like a great visual. Most of my story stuff is on looseleaf paper, which tends to get a bit scrambled and scattered at times. I have heard a lot of good things about the Scrivener program, too. It looks like something I will have to look into more closely. 🙂

    • Definitely worth it for Mac and PC! It has a 30 day free trial I definitely suggest it to any writer of any genre or type. It is phenomenal! It lays everything out for without costing you money. Pays for itself in the first month. Plus it’s cheaper than MS office haha

  3. Denise

    Does it count if the board is in your head? 🙂 In the past, the most I’ve done is write an extensive outline in a Word doc. That probably comes more from being in school for the last 4 years, though. I usually do have a folder which contains any visual elements, like photos of what my people or their houses, or whatever look like.

    • Yeah everything is always better in your head, but sometimes you need to empty your head to make room for more stuff, so visually putting something down that you can refer to without having to think too hard helps keep intense writing sessions going 🙂

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