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How to Create a Visual Storyboard
How to Create a Visual Storyboard

Creating a visual storyboard for your book helps you to develop your plot, storyline, and characters.

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Adding a Visual Story Board

The use of a storyboard can quickly help you to visually plot out your book for easier editing.

If you want to add a visual storyboard to your book to work on your ideas, you can add one by clicking the “+” sign next to the Boards icon located in the book navigation bar on the left. A new Storyboard will populate.

When the new storyboard populates, you can change the name of it and hit enter. The new name will be saved automatically.

You can add images and notes to the storyboard that can be dragged and dropped to position the text, or images that you add to the board. You can also add other book elements by clicking the “Add Book Parts” drop-down menu at the top and it will give you the option to add elements, such as characters from the Library.

Any element that has been added to the storyboard can be edited by selecting it. When an element on the storyboard is selected, you have the option to tag, comment, insert a file, or delete the element.

How to Group Elements on a Storyboard

Elements can be grouped or ungrouped together by dragging and dropping elements within each other.

Once elements are grouped, the name of the grouped elements can be changed.

Adding Description Information to the Storyboard Overview Section.

At the top right-hand side of the storyboard, there is a double arrow (<<) that you can click on to access the right-side navigation bar.

To add a new note, click on the "+" sign at the top of the Overview section.

A new text field will open up. Enter the notation. Then highlight the "Untitled" label to select it, then enter the desired label.

Once the label and notation are entered, click on the "Done" button. The new notation will be displayed with its label.

If you want to edit an entry, select it and then click on the edit icon.

The notes now have 3 bars in front and a trash can at the end of it.

Clicking on the three bars on the left side allows the note to be dragged and dropped to a new location. Clicking on the trash can will delete the entry. Click on the "Done" button when the notes have been updated.

Adding Files and Comments to the Storyboard

At the top right-hand side of the storyboard, there is a double arrow (<<) that you can click on to access the right-side navigation bar. From here you can upload files when clicking on the drop-down arrow next to Overview. Once files are added to the board, you can download them right into a new browser tab to view them.

Comments can also be implemented by clicking on the drop-down arrow next to Overview to show the comments dialogue for either the storyboard or a selected element on the storyboard. Comments are automatically logged by date and time.

How to Add a Mind Map to a Storyboard

Adding a mind map to a storyboard is easy to accomplish! Start out by adding at least 2 elements to the storyboard. Then select the first element that you want to link to another element to form the mind map. The element you selected will become highlighted. Then hover over any one of the active points on the selected element, which will turn it into a "+" sign. Click on the "+" sign and it will start a new "thread."

A thread will attach itself to the cursor.

Click on the element you want to link together to create a thread between them.

If you do not want the thread to be linked to an element, first select the thread. Once the thread is selected it will turn red. The thread can now be deleted by either clicking on the back or the delete button on the keyboard.

Now that your visual storyboard is set up you can move things around on it and make notes, comment on your book, and group elements together. This visualization helps to spark the imagination and give you the inspiration to start writing in your book again, maybe in a completely new and exciting direction!

Happy Writing!

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