The Gadgets of Writing: The Infamous Whiteboard

January 28, 2015

This month on the blog we’re talking about the tools I use in my job to make writing easier and more efficient.  We’ve covered Scrivener in a three-part series this month.

But how do I come up with the stuff that goes into Scrivener?


The Infamous Whiteboard

A whiteboard is just that.  A whiteboard that uses dry erase markers that you can write on it, clean it off, and write again.

Here’s an example of a very old whiteboard that I did once (Pssst! You’ll be seeing this story in another format this year! And yes, there is a duel, and yes, I am just as excited as you!):


My whiteboards always vary depending on what part of the story I am in.  If I’m at the very, very, very beginning, you will see characters’ names along with their goals, motivations and internal and external conflicts.  (Noticing a theme here?)  If I’m further into a manuscript, you will start to see specific chapters and scenes within the chapters that move the plot and GMC along.

A whiteboard is a great tool because a writer never knows where the story will go and that’s why it’s nice to have something at a large scale that’s erasable.  I know other authors use cork board and index cards (Scrivener has a similar feature built in.) and some use notebooks with color coding ink and stickers.  It all depends on what works for you.  For me, it’s a whiteboard.

But More Importantly, Why is the Whiteboard Infamous?

I’ve made my husband move it six times.


I’m pretty sure there won’t be a seven.

Captain Licky would agree.  At least, he will when he wakes up.

2 thoughts on “The Gadgets of Writing: The Infamous Whiteboard”

  1. Nana

    Just read this post, former teacher, interested in white boards, but also interested in the writing process. Went back and read your previous posts about gadgets for writing. Interesting to read about Scrivener… hmmm I wonder if I could use it for my ancestry journaling – each family is a chapter – just thinking here. Love reading your posts, even if I don’t read them the same day. Later, Nana 🙂

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