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