Tired of staring at a blank wall above your computer? Maybe an Inspiration Board will provide, well, inspiration to your muse!
1. Make it large enough. My Inspiration Board is 36″ high and 48″ wide, leaving plenty of room for anything and everything I might want to pin to it. Some are items I need and some are there more for the coolness factor, but enough space allows me to pin both categories up. I’d advise the maximum size board you have room for. As you can see, I’m perfectly capable of filling up twelve square feet!
2. Make it aesthetically pleasing. My niece made this beautiful board for me using a piece of donnacona from a building center. Donnacona is an acoustical product sold in 4′x8′ sheets and holds push pins well. My niece covered my board with linen (stapled on the back) so the pin marks wouldn’t remain in the fabric when rearranged, and she added two strips of fabric that I love to look at. She also covered pins with the matching fabric for just a bit more coordination and fun!
3. Make it useful. This board represents many of the items I needed on hand for writing Snowflake Tiara. My character photos, printed out from Jupiter Images, include my heroine, Marisa (left), my hero, Jase, Jase’s sister and her family, and “the other woman.” I’ve also got print-outs of maps of the Helena, Montana, area and calendar print-outs for the two months of the story.
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Other photos include ones I took while I was in Helena in September and more I printed off the Internet. Notice the image of the tiara that my co-author and I each bought! “Away in a Manger” plays an important part in the novella, so that was an addition just for fun.
Now my Inspiration Board is all set up and ready for me to pound out a 40K novella in the next few weeks. All I need is some Christmas music and gingerbread cookies to complete the scene. Mmmmm.
Have you ever created an Inspiration Board? What did you put on it? Are you going to make one for your next project?