Do You Create Vision Boards? They Might HelpYour Writing

I’ve been sharing some fairly esoteric posts about energy, strengths, weaknesses and treasure recently.  I’m feeling an urge to shift gears just a bit and talk about something a little less lofty.  So, today, I’m writing about the connections between our closets and clothes, and editing our writing.

Let me start by saying that I’m a big fan of vision boards.  I’ve been doing them for years. There so much fun to make.  I have not tried Pinterest yet for fear of addiction. With that said, I also often find that vision boards don’t usually work for me in the way that I originally intended. They almost never help me with money, relationships, getting thinner or any of the big dreams that I add to the boards.  I wish they did. However, vision boards have a wonderful way of highlighting my desires as well as the inner resources that I think I need from the outer world, but already have within me.

For instance, in the last two weeks, I’ve been buying the spring fashion magazines and cutting out pictures of clothes to put on my fashion vision board.   When I pulled together my latest fashion vision board, it was full of beautiful, bright pink, orange and lime green edgy and eclectic clothes as well as some earthy feminine pieces.  The board looked so cute, and I was so proud of myself for pulling it together. Despite all the money I don’t have, I dreamt of making my fashion vision board into a reality as soon as possible.

Then, a series of wise observations occurred to me.

First, I noticed that I had a whole bunch of bright, eclectic, edgy and earthy clothes that I wasn’t wearing. Looking even more closely, I decided that part of my problem was that my clothes weren’t grouped together well.  I also had many clothes I didn’t wear.  The closet edits of Gail King in the latest edition of O Magazine also inspired me to make some changes.

You might be wondering if this is a post on the benefits of cleaning closets.   Please humor me, I’m going somewhere with this. The process of looking at my existing resources for living my fashion vision, helped me to notice that my novel’s problems correlated very closely with my formerly unwieldy closet:

  • I had never taken the time to organize all the pieces in my novel strategically.
  • I didn’t allow myself to gratefully acknowledge what pieces, scenes, characters I loved about my novel.
  • I hadn’t grouped scenes together in a way that made the story flow better.
  • I was afraid to throw anything out because I was too worried about my word count, and wondered if I’d have any story left after editing.

My new vision board for my novel looks quite a bit like a conventional storyboard, with the difference that it’s focused on what I really love about my own book. Focusing on what I love about my novel has helped me immensely to respect it more. Organizing a writing vision board is also very good preparation for an upcoming writer’s conference that I’m going to attend one in Madison in mid-April where I need to know pivotal scenes in the novel, the climax of the story, and a synopsis that is clean and easy to understand.

My “love your novel” vision board process is not a guarantee that a novel will be any good, but it is a much more interesting way to make the process of fine tuning and editing the novel fun.   It’s also taught me that we should look at our other dreams and visions for clues about our creativity.  My fashion vision board reflected back to me that I want to create a boldly colorful, eclectic and slightly edgy, earthy and feminine fantasy novel that expresses my true personal style, and that I have existing resources to do this.

Don’t know if you do vision boards, but you might take a look at any you have created recently or in the past and see if they tell you anything new about what your writing wants to express through you.

6 thoughts on “Do You Create Vision Boards? They Might HelpYour Writing

    • Saravanan says:

      My most recent ellahcnge has been WRITING! I’ve focused the past month on planning. Now that I’m ready to write, but have another 11 days to go before I can start, I’ve had to try and find little projects to fill the empty space. This stresses me out! Especially with so much editing work already in front of me, that needs my attention. I want to get started on my larger projects and question whether writing a new novel draft is the thing to do. After all, how much editing could I accomplish in eleven days? But what would happen if I start to edit a different work? Will I be able to turn the critical witch off long enough to write a new draft during November? Will I be able to switch from the mindset of one narrator to the other? My short-term solution has been to focus on my poetry collection, for now. But I can’t help but think I should find a more permanent writing schedule; one that is flexible and accommodates my needs when I get ahead or behind. Anyway! Enough about me. Good for you! Writing to a personal ellahcnge must be scary, but think of the experience and growth as a writer that you will gain in the end. I applaud you.

  1. Millie Ho says:

    Have you heard of a website called IQMatrix? They have lots of mind mapping resources to aid in the visual planning process.

    I’ve started using whiteboards extensively. Something about being able to plant new ideas through the simple expedient of a marker and eraser really makes the blueprints come alive.

    Excellent post, Karen!

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