Refresh Your Writing Brain with an Image Board This Week

This link comes form a post by Mary Car­roll Moon on her blog “How to Plan, Write, and Devel­op a Book” called Refresh Your Writ­ing Brain (and Inspire Your Book) with an Image Board This Week. I have mod­i­fied the title in order to make it fit my blog format.

What drew me into this post was her use of a image board (which I would nor­mal­ly call a vision board). The idea being that you place visu­al cues on the board  intend­ed to help and inspire you as a writer. This could be any­thing (from a news­pa­per arti­cle, to a chart, to a mag­a­zine pic­ture) and is prefer­able visu­al in nature and the way the author was using this as part of her week-long writ­ing retreat. I have used this con­cept before in a busi­ness envi­ron­ment, often involv­ing cue words on sticky notes, but it is essen­tial­ly the same as pic­tures and used to rep­re­sent some­thing wider than the mere word.

How you as a writer will devel­op your thoughts for your next great piece will dif­fer great­ly from that of any oth­er writer, even when you are writ­ing on the same top­ic. I do agree with Mary that the image or vision board is a way to refresh the brain and dri­ve cre­ation. The truth is all writ­ers need to explore avenues that dri­ve cre­ativ­i­ty and it is true that “images take you places words can’t.”

As this blog is focused on fac­tu­al writ­ing you may won­der why I include an exer­cise that is used to fire imag­i­na­tion. This is after all a skill need­ed in the fic­tion writer’s reper­toire. I believe all writ­ing skills require imag­i­na­tion, good non-fic­tion writ­ers know how to tell a sto­ry in an imag­i­na­tive way and that comes as a part of your cre­ative­ness as a writer. I espe­cial­ly like the way she links this con­cept to free writ­ing based on what you see, anoth­er great way to dri­ve inspi­ra­tion. Writ­ers need to be cre­ative even if there genre is fac­tu­al writ­ing as demon­strat­ing fac­tu­al point is done best with a lit­tle imagination.

 

I urge you to read Mary Car­roll Moon’s con­tri­bu­tion: How to Plan, Write, and Devel­op a Book: Refresh Your Writ­ing Brain (and Inspire Your Book) with an Image Board This Week

 

 

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