Writing: creating a vision board

Pouring my coffee this morning I was struck by a great idea. The thought that I’d put together a book of short stories about the different neighbors in my novel Covering The Sun with My Hand held me bound. The book I envision will manifest with a little spit and polish and lots of elbow grease.

I love my characters in the novel. Each one has a story and a life. Some of it was left on the cutting floor during edits. That process did not lessen the depth of each character. It’s just that sometimes backstory is backstory until it becomes front page news.

The front of my refrigerator has become my vision board. I’ve drawn book covers on small index cards of projects that I would love to complete. Covering the Sun with My Hand was one of those index cards. I’m three quarter way through Coney Island Siren, that novel that slipped in by way of my God card. The day I placed the cards on the fridge I left a blank one up there too. This is my God card. My vision is nothing without my HP’s vision. It’s not actually a ‘blank’ card but more of an ‘open’ card. At this point I know the difference between what I want former and what my HP wants for me.

Have you created a vision board? What have you experienced by doing so? I’d love to hear.

5 Replies to “Writing: creating a vision board”

    1. Lydia Cortes! What a thrill that you have visited my blog! I’m honored. I’d love to know your experience with vision boards and the magic that happens.
      Best to you, Theresa

      1. hola teresa!
        love the idea of a vision board…but have to admit i’ve never tried…maybe it’s time…which means i’d have to clear my fridge door of everything else that’s there now…magnets, magnetic words placed there randomly, etc…also, it seems you give a lot of thought to your vision boards, cards before even putting them up…guess i need to think it through a bit more or have more input from you as to how to start…i’ve 2 books of poetry published but actually started years ago writing stories about a puerto rican family living in brooklyn in the 50’s, mostly as seen through the eyes of the oldest daughter (aged from 8 to 13, maybe older in one story)…anyway, know i want to go back to those stories and “finish” them in some form or another, as poetry, interconnected or separate stories…ok, teresa, didn’t mean to go on and on…write or respond when you can.

        1. These are great thoughts, Lydia! There are many levels to creating a vision board. I’ve had others mention similar issues to the ones you bring up. My plan is to have a workshop on creating vision boards. Hope you will join us!

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