We are a couple of weeks into January 2024 now, and it is the perfect time to take a moment and look back on the year that’s been, and what’s to come. One great way to do that is to create a 2024 writing vision board to help motivate and encourage you to achieve your writing goals this year.
Never heard of vision board or don’t know where to start?
No worries, we’ll dive into that and give you the tools to kick start your own vision board. Then I’ll share mine, and others, for some inspiration!
What is a vision board?
Put simply a vision board is a collection of images, phrases, words, or whatever else you’d like to throw on a collage page together, designed to capture your dreams and goals for the year. It is used to as both motivation and inspiration, particularly if you’re finding yourself stuck. And great news, there is no wrong or right way to make one. Whatever your goals are, whatever words or visuals inspire you, that’s what should make up your board. Vision boards are a form of manifestation, and with a little hard work, you can make them a reality.
Why make a vision board?
Goal setting is a hugely powerful exercise that helps to focus and determine what it is you want and would like to achieve. By clarifying your goals you can focus your energy in the right direction. Life can get pretty hectic these days, so having your goals in one handy, visual place can be a great steady reminder to take a moment, step back, and reflect on where you are at, and where you’d like to go. As you pull together images and quotes that align with your vision for 2024, you’ll begin to gain a clearly understanding of what you want and the steps you might need to take to get there.
Another benefit of creating a vision board is the inspiration and positivity it can create. It is an intentional, creative process where you are focused on the positive things you want to happen in your life. So, when things are feeling a little tough, it’s great to come back to your vision board for a reminder. Creating a habit of positive thinking in your daily life helps to foster a more optimistic outlook on life, and an eagerness to go after your goals.
Celebrate progress and milestones
By putting all your goals and things you want to achieve in one place it becomes really easy to see when you’ve achieved them! Having that visual cue and seeing a goal complete is hugely motivating and rewarding. You may want to add extra stickers or notes to your vision board when you achieve your goals, just to see how far you’ve come across the year.
How do I make a vision board?
Digital vs physical
So, it’s time to get crafty, but the question remains, do you make a digital or physical vision board?
If you want to get physical, get yourself some poster board, magazines, type up some text. Google or Pinterest images that align with your vision and visuals you’d like to look at as part of your goal setting, and print those off. With your materials collected it’s time to get busy with your scissors and glue, rip paper, grab some paint. Go wild! Now that you’ve made one you can frame it or tack it your wall. Its always good to have it somewhere handy where you will see it often, such as on or near your desk or bookshelves while writing. Check out some examples of physical vision boards below:
Alternatively, you can opt for the digital vision board, which is what I have done this year. Tools such as Canva are free and easy to use to create a digital vision (and they even have templates if you really don’t know where to start). I find it so easy to add and update throughout the year images and quotes to my digital vision board. The benefit for creating a digital vision board is that you can make it your computer background, phone background etc, so you always have it handy and are reminded of what you want to achieve while writing. Check out these other digital vision board examples:
My 2024 writing vision board
This year I went for a digital vision board using Canva. I have a few goals so I included those, as well as some quotes and images that felt inspiring to my writing. I also added a photo of myself that I took at the beginning of the year. You’ll also note some ‘posters’ I added. At the end of 2023 I decided to create movie style posters for my writing projects, as a way to help motivate myself to finish them so I could move onto the next stage of the publishing process. So far they have been really motivational when I see them on my laptop background. I’ve made this image my background picture on all my devices so I’m constantly reminded of what it is I want to achieve this year in my writing.
So, there you have it, a quick guide to creating your 2024 writing vision board. When the world gets a bit hectic and you’re feeling lost with your writing, come back to your vision board, let it help anchor you and remind you of your dreams and all you want to achieve in 2024. It might seem like a simple thing, but it may just help you take the writing idea through to publication! So what are you waiting for? Grab some magazines, print some quotes and glue away!
Until next time.
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