Have you heard of vision boards? They are visual displays meant to motivate and inspire you to achieve the goals you set. They are fun and easy to put together.
All you need to create a vision board is poster board or corkboard, scissors, glue, and a bunch of magazines; though I often print free images I find online or pay for stock photos. The creative process of finding the right photos and displaying them in an attractive collage provides a healthy dose of inspiration and helps cement the goals in your mind.
Authors can use vision boards for focus and motivation, but they can also use them to inspire their next novel. Find photos that reflect the setting, the characters, historical details, current events, or even weapon of choice (for mystery novels). One author I found online used Canva to design a mock front cover for her book's vision board. How cool is that?
Once you've created your vision board, you need to find the perfect spot to hang or lean it so you see it daily. You don't hide a lamp in your closet. You put it on a nightstand or table to illuminate the room.
For those who want to save space or want to have a vision board they can carry with them, you'll find several vision board apps available. I used the Gratitude app this year, which is a combination vision board and gratitude journal with affirmations and daily positive thoughts to keep my thoughts and self-talk productive instead of destructive.
Have you created vision boards in the past? Will you create one for this year or for one of your novels? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A member of SCBWI, she is blogger and book reviewer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com