Lessons in Whiteboarding

A writer’s tools are fairly simple. One may benefit from a laptop but if push comes to shove, one can make do without one. Sure, if you spend a lot of time writing, it makes sense to invest in good tools. A comfortable chair, subscription to your writing software of choice, why, even a nice mechanical keyboard is somewhat justifiable.

However, the one I would recommend you get, aside from a notebook and a pencil, is a whiteboard. I am sure writers exist who do not find that big blank piece useful. However, they must be few and far between.

A whiteboard is intimidating because it has a lot of empty space. This prompts writers to fill it up. Fortunately, if they write an idea they don’t like, they can erase it with the wave of their hand and that is that.

They [whiteboards] accommodate mind-maps, bullet points, and lengthy sentences. They also allow multiple people to observe at the same time. And last but not least, they allow you to stare at your story from any angle. There is something about being able to close in on word only to jump back and see the larger picture, that really helps the brain think.

It won’t solve all your problems and it won’t make you a better writer (only writing will, or so I am told) but it will provide valuable assistance. I say this cause mine is currently covered in ink and it really helped me figure out the issue that I was stuck on for the last two days. I’m not sure if the answer I arrived at is the right one, but its the only one I like so far, so l shall run with it.

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