I finally ordered the parts I need to complete my storyboard. I’ll do a video on storyboarding in the near future, but I can’t even begin to express how stoked I am to have a permanent storyboard.
I haven’t had a real spread in over a decade, and all the boards I’ve used since were temporary, often in very small spaces or locations I couldn’t freely put up all the notes because I was in a shared space. I’ve used walls covered in butcher paper for many years, now I finally have a room with a big enough wall to build the board out, make it the colors I want, and map the full arc of this series in one location. I got the first layers of paint on yesterday then just sat, staring and grinning.
Since making the choice to jump both feet and no net I’ve been able to enjoy some of the things I’ve always wanted to do as a writer for my craft and continuous learning. It’s silly, but I struggled to justify some of these needs while I was working full time for others because those immediate demands and unnecessary dramas superseded my energy.
So, why a storyboard?
Storyboarding is a visual and easy way to see the points and rhythm, the chain of collapsing events, and the pacing in your novel. (It’s a project management tool to help stay timely, organized, and story relevant) Not everyone needs a visual, but I find it incredibly helpful to monitoring pacing, reveals, snags, and hitch points. It’s a method that works for me. It helps me stay in tune with my theme so I don’t wander off track, and offers a place to collect visual elements for atmosphere and story details.
Now that my series is breaking into a wider scope, essentially, all hell is breaking loose and the character list is tripling, the conflicts are escalating and the pacing is erratic as I jump from Muse to Muse in the story: a storyboard is imperative for my work to continue without something getting lost in the shuffle of notes.
One or two books with temporary boards has worked, but now I have several storylines, several locations, and multiple arcs that need to pace in a way they weave in and out of each other with a story-logic pattern. As much as I like to think I can do a lot in my head, now that I have the space, I shouldn’t have to keep it in my head. I can let it stretch out, and breathe.
Even as I painted the wall yesterday, I began to think…maybe two walls?
It’s a work in progress, a gift to my craft after the Sinnet of Dragons launch, and a promise to keep working, keep writing, keep building. This storyboard has been made possible by donations from my Patrons. Thank you, Patrons, for giving me a tool I need to keep working!
Here’s the before picture. More to come when everything is completed.