20 Novel Storyboards You Should Be Following

20 Novel Storyboards

Ah, Pinterest, you are both the bane and joy of writers the world over. On one hand we can use Pinterest to create stunning visual representations of the world we are creating with our words. On the other hand, we can distract ourselves for hours at a time in the endless sea of images.

But to me the price is worth it. There’s nothing I love more than creating storyboards for my novels. It’s an integral part of my creative process.

I also love following other writers on Pinterest, and glimpsing into the worlds they have created. Not only do other author’s boards inspire me and spark ideas, but I often find the perfect image on another writer’s board. (After hours of using the Pinterest search option to no avail.) We writers think in the same dramatic way. We’re drawn to the same types of photographs.

So I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite Pinterest storyboards. All of these are beautiful and inspiring. I’m mostly drawn to the historical, romantic, and dramatic, so that’s what most of these boards represent.

While you’re here please leave a link to your book’s storyboard in the comments!

Don’t have a novel storyboard?

No worries, these boards will be all the inspiration you need. And if you’d like to see how I go about creating one, check out this post: How to Create a Storyboard on Pinterest





















*Please be polite. Re-pins are great. Raiding is not. 

How To See Your Manuscript With New Eyes

Cut up your baby to reveal its secrets.

There’s something about staring at the same ol’ manuscript on the same ol’ computer screen hour after hour, day after day, week after week (etc.) that blinds us. It’s almost as if our story gets wired into our brain just as it does in our computer. It’s filed away in our head in perfect order and in its perfect place. In other words, it’s stuck. 

When this happens, we get stuck. We lose our ability to see fresh new possibilities. That’s when this simple but effective exercise comes in handy.

First, clear the floor of a room in your house, (ideally one that won’t be disturbed by children and large-pawed creatures.)

Next, print your story and cut it up, scene by scene.

Now, lay the scenes out around you and play with their order.

You’ll probably discover some interesting things. You might realize that a few scenes are in the wrong place. You might notice that something is missing.

I just did this with my current project, Raven In Gray. In one scene the protagonist, Raven, tells her lover that she’s considering leaving her husband. When I was reading my manuscript on my laptop, I didn’t notice any problems. But after cutting it up I realized that this declaration seems out of context and out of the blue. Where is the scene that shows the reader what finally tipped her over the edge, inspiring her to make this life-changing decision? Kind of important, right? But it was totally missing.

That’s what I mean when I say we become blind!

There’s just something about having your manuscript in your hands that triggers the creative part of your brain. Maybe it’s because words are the domain of the left brain. The act of playing with different size pieces of paper, and arranging them in a pattern, activates your right brain. That’s where creativity lives.

Now, if your manuscript is already at 30,000 words or above, the promise of this being a simple exercise might be a falsehood. Sorry about that. But even if you are super far along in your epic manuscript, if you’re feeling stuck, this process is worth the effort.

Is this an exercise you already do? How does it help your creative process?