Vision Boards and Boxes
It’s time to drag your dreams out of the shadows and into the light. Let’s get crafting. Manifest your goals by cooking up a spanking-new, lit vision board or box. The idea is to design a tangible representation that ticks all the boxes associated with the future you’d like to build. It should be visually appealing to you and a source of inspiration and motivation.
Round up photos, magazine clippings, and/or objects that relate to your dreams and aspirations. The vision board is essentially a collage of what you’ve harvested. The box is a compilation of the same except that your pile of passion goes into a container of some kind. That might be a decorative box, envelope, or satchel. The items might be organized or scattered pell-mell. It’s up to you.
Aspiring authors, you may want to fashion a board with positive words, images pertaining to your WIP, the title of the novel you hope to publish, and any other goals you wish to accomplish. Is your book about vamps or witches? Start scouring the magazines living in your recycling bin, for pics and magical words. Is your shtick paranormal romance? Eyeball occult sources. Working on a children’s book? Ransack a coloring book or two, for inspiration. Hit Pinterest up for ideas and examples.
Snatched everything you need? Magnifico, now marshal your unique throng of zeal into a montage of beauty, and fire-up your glue stick. Vision boxes work the same without the glue. Feel free to throw down your own artwork, doodles, sketches, and words.
There’s no right or wrong way to style a physical representation of your personal goals. So, summon your inner artiste and go wild. It’s up to you whether to display your handiwork or place it in a drawer somewhere and visit it from time to time.
My vision board sits on the desk in my office. It’s fashioned with titles of my WIPs, positive quotes, words like, “magic” and “dreams” and phrases like “my time is coming” and “best new books.” I snipped images pertaining to each of my WIPs and added those to the board too.