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|Svatura Book #3 Story Board|
I was on Rebecca Zanetti's facebook site (one of my fav authors), and noticed a post that looked like a picture of a cork board with color coded note cards on it. I knew immediately that it was for story boarding I've tried a couple of options with this and have yet to find anything that works well for me. Programs are either too complicated or too simple. But this seemed worth a look.
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Check it out (pic [at the top]* is my storeboard for book #3)!
Here's the method to my maddness...
The green cards are front/back/matter (title page, dedication, table of contents etc.)
The pink cards are character details. The pictures are of actors who I think look like my characters. And then I can add details like physical description, power(s), and key personality points.
The blue cards are scenes. I separate out each individual scene - even if it's only going to be a few pages - on one card with a few notes on how I want the scene to go. I can click and drag to move them around. I have enought plot points and different character points of view going on... you'd be surprised at how frequently I move these around.
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The orange cards are notes. Mostly to myself. For example - "gotta think of another scene with Ellie/Alex" or a plot point that needs to be woven in but not as it's own scene (just mentions here or there).
Then I can set the status for the different cards. Things like "To Do" or "First Draft" or "Completed".
I gotta say I LOVE this method of story boarding It fits exactly with how my mind operates. Previously I did all this in word and used highlighting colors. I tend to write in chunks of scenes and move around a lot and then connect them all together. So this helps me be able to do that with a much better visual.
Book #3 is not completely figured out. I still have some place holders. But that's typical of me. And I'm a ton further a long than I was with either of the first two books at this point. I've started writing on all these plot points and as I go I know I'll come up with the rest (that's how I tend to work - ideas feed new ideas). I'm already about 50 pages in! It's flying onto the pages.
I am officially insanely excited about book #3. Summer 2013 here I come!
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