As a visual artist, I found that creating mood boards were a wildly successful way for me to remain focused on my work. I have literally hundreds of them stored on my Pinterest account and other places that I used during my years in the Paper Art industry. It is that success that led me to create mood boards for my writing.
In the early stages, mood boards are an effective way to get the ideas moving and then to be able to keep them adhered to a central location. Here are some of the things I add to my mood boards for stories.
- Begin with the seed: What is the idea? Find an image that may spark the memory of where the idea started.
- Add a color scheme: Knowing color can so effect mood, choose a color scheme to represent your story or where you think that story is headed.
- Gather some character images. Add them to the board to help you keep track of your character. You can also add images of specific things such as eye color, hair color or cut to better build a character image.
- Finally, add some photos, pictures or graphics to help you grow your story. Allow yourself to add off the wall ideas too! Don’t limit yourself here, you can always take it off.
Mood boards are used to inspire. Adding and taking away images can help you to refine your story. One of the best things I have found mood boards help is to push through those times I feel stuck. I start to see the story better once I add to my mood board.
NOTE: The above mood board is a sample from my short story, Second World. I have removed some of the images and ideas to allow me to add text to the mood board for instructional purposes. This story is available to read on this blog. Here are the links to those post. Second World Part I , Second World Part II, Second World Part III, and finally, Second World Part IV