How Story Boarding can Help you Write your Book

A visual tool

Today I want to share a piece of my writing process with you! It is called story boarding.

If you spoke to an animator or a video game designer/creator, they would be very familiar with this process. It is how animated movies were first made (and still are).

Story Boarding is a visual tool and it helps me see ‘the big picture’ or my whole novel coming to life BEFORE I even write it! It looks like a lot of work but it’s fun too – and writing books IS fun 🙂


Gone With The Wind was the first live movie to be completely story boarded before filming began!

Story boarding was developed by Walt Disney (and others) during the 1930’s. It was adopted and developed by other studios in the next decade. Now it is essential in almost every TV/movie production.

Uses and Benefits

It can be used in
– film/TV
– business (advertisers use it to preview rolling ads before they are created, campaigns, presentations/slideshows)
– Theatre
– Animatronics
– Book writing (Yay!)


So what are the benefits?

It allows the user to experiment with changes in the storyline to evoke stronger emotions/reactions or to bring across flashbacks.
It allows the user to plan in advance.
It is a way to visualise or see the project move from idea to concept, to design and to release all in one moment.
If the user is working with a group, everyone can see the project and add to the project as time moves on.

It helps keep a ‘flow’ to the project.

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Georges Melies – a special effects pioneer – is thought to be the first person to use story boarding and pre-visualisation to ‘see’ planned effects.

So How Do you Do This?

Ok, firstly, I have my story outline in front of me. [My idea, the topics involved in that idea and any additional notes I have added].
Then I write each idea/topic on a separate index card and organise them in the order I want.

As I continue developing the idea and my story takes shape, I move the cards around to change the flow or concept as I write.

I particularly love this technique and use it for everything involved in writing! <3

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