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How to Create an Inspiration Board

by The Procrastinating Writer on April 27, 2009

courtesy of ali edwards

courtesy of ali edwards

By Jennifer Blanchard

An inspiration board can be a very useful way to jump-start your writing. If you keep a board full of things that inspire near where you write, you can look at it whenever you’re having trouble getting started.

Spending time creating an inspiration board might seem like more procrastinating, but it can be a great tool to keep your mind inspired when it comes time for you to write.

Also, having a visual way to picture your writing goals and motivations can help to keep them in your mind at all times. With your goals nagging you, it will be more difficult for you to avoid writing.

Here’s what you need to make one:

  • a bulletin board (or you can use poster board if you glue everything down)
  • scissors
  • glue (or push pins if you want to change the items on your board every now and then)
  • magazines, photos, maps of your favorite locations, visual representations of your writing goals, ticket stubs from concerts, etc–anything that inspires you
  • a picture of yourself

 Here’s how you put it all together:

  1. Cut out words and pictures from magazines that inspire you, gather all your mementos–anything that inspires you to write.
  2. Arrange everything on the bulletin board in front of you. Move it around until it looks how you want it to.
  3. Glue everything down (unless you’re going the push-pin route, in which case, pin everything down).

Once your board is complete and how you like it, hang it near where you write. Just be sure to hang it slightly out of your eye line, that way you have to turn to actually look at it. If you keep it in your eye line, you’ll start to almost “look-through” it and it won’t be as effective.

I have an inspiration board that I use several times a day to give me ideas and courage to keep writing. This is especially important for when my procrastination sets in and I need a boost of motivation. My board has my writing goals on it in as well as some of my personal goals. Then it also has pictures of places and words that inspire me.

Do you have an inspiration board? What kinds of stuff do you have on it?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DonaldEWQuist April 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm

This really sounds like a good idea. I definetly going to try it.

2 Susie McCray October 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

Looks like a good idea. Definitely worth trying.

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