I'm always so envious when I see other writers going to elaborate lengths to plot, picture, graph and colour their way into their stories. To be honest, it makes me feel slightly sick - in the "good grief, why can't I do that before I start my stories/is this why my stories are so crap?" kind of way. Feelings of gross inadequacy have overwhelmed me when confronted by such scenes resulting in massive consumption of wine and/or chocolate.
But if there's one thing I've learnt in my (mostly) sober writing journey, it's this - Everyone does things differently. For me, it's:
In case the excruciatingly short storyboard didn't give you a clue, this is how it works:
"get an idea=>play the 'what if' game=> find hero=> find heroine=>find location=>start writing".
Right or wrong, that is the way I've been most comfortable writing. I think it's the "unknown" that makes it a thrill to write, although sometimes I wish that unknown wouldn't involve forgetting my hero's eye colour or wondering whether the heroine was a blonde or redhead in chapter four ;). But, alas, after wasted time "exploring" storyboards, it's time to own up - I'm Maya and I have no idea how to storyboard.
I know there are writers out there who will make me feel even sicker with envy than I do right now, but it's okay, you can still share...xx