Creating a Storyboard for Your Fiction Kindle Novel
A storyboard is simply a visual tool to help you plot out your novel and keep your novel’s timeline on course. A storyboard can be used for either a fiction or a non-fiction novel. Some people use an online storyboard while others choose to use one they can physically touch.
There is no right or wrong way to create a storyboard as long as you have the pertinent information on the board. If you choose to create one for computer use, you can set up one in PowerPoint or Microsoft Word or you can use a pre-drawn template.
You’ll find storyboard templates free online. But if you want to create your own, you’ll need a sheet of posterboard, some 3 by 5 cards or some sticky notes. Just use what works for you.
The reason that you want to use a storyboard is because it can help you see your fiction novel plot points. Plot points are simply events within your story that move your story forward. It’s an event that causes the characters to take action or changes what’s going on.
If you’re writing non-fiction, a storyboard can help you make sure that your information stays on track. A storyboard also shows your overall theme, and it can show you your characters’ growth. All main characters should grow and change in some way by the events they go through.
A storyboard can also show your story’s black moment – that’s the moment when it appears all is lost. The resolution is also part of the storyboard and this shows that all of the loose ends and all of the questions created by the author in the story are answered.
A storyboard lets you see your story at a glance and helps you be able to place what’s happening in sequence. When you create your storyboard, divide it by chapters, and then break each chapter down into scenes.
Each chapter should be between 2-3 scenes long. Some people write out each scene on 3 by 5 cards and tape them to posterboard. Others use sticky notes and put those on the posterboard. In a pinch, you can place sticky notes directly onto the wall by your desk.
Your storyboard will be divided into three main parts. In the first one, you’ll have your character introduction or if you’re writing non-fiction, this is where you’d introduce the problem people are having (to which your book is going to provide the answer). For fiction, you’re going to make the reader aware of the conflict the main character is facing.
In the second part of the storyboard, you’re going to introduce other characters, deepen the conflict and introduce the black moment when it appears all hope is lost. In non-fiction this is the place where you’d tell your story of failure.
The third part of the storyboard is the resolution. In fiction or non-fiction, this is where you end with everything resolved. A storyboard helps you see your overall story and helps you keep up with all the points you want to make.