No matter your creativity style, a storyboard will give you perspective.

If you’re an Inventor, you might struggle with a storyboard because it feels too structured. If you’re a Special Agent, you might feel like it’s a waste of time. If you’re an Architect, it might feel too “artsy.” Collaborators tend to love storyboards because they are visual, playful, and a helpful tool when creatives are working together.

Even if a storyboard isn’t your normal approach, I encourage you to take a look at these four different approaches to structuring your story idea visually. Use them, adapt them, experiment, and ultimately, save yourself tons of time by stepping back from your project and getting the perspective you need.

Structuring ideas is one of the cornerstone skills developed in the Writerly Play Workshop.

The Writerly Play Workshop, like the other Writerly Play rooms, is designed to help creatives separate their thinking into distinct steps. By knowing the purpose of a thinking task, we can utilize activities toward stronger results.

Here is a collection of Writerly Play approaches to storyboarding. Choose the activity that best fits your creativity style. Not sure what your style is? Take the quick quiz and find out.


Storyboard Like a Detective


Define the scenario, collect clues, and ultimately, resolve your questions. Capture your thinking on your storyboard.

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Storyboard Like an Animator


Use the Hero’s Journey to structure your storyboard discussion with a collaborator.

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Storyboard Like a Reporter


Structure your thinking about a project with a reporter’s questions. Use your discoveries to shape your storyboard.

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Storyboard Like a Coach


Run a few quick scenarios for your idea and then choose a game plan for your storyboard.

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