At the start of this year I made a vision board. I flipped through magazines and found images, words, and quotes that appealed to me on a gut-level, and I cut them out and glued them to the top of a shirt box.
The images aren't all about writing, but just things that spoke to me. I chose images that made my heart pump or my stomach quiver. Things that just got me going for some reason.
My vision board hangs on the wall behind my desk, staring down at me as I type away in Final Draft or even on this blog for my website. There are no images of women holding pens to paper or quotes that say "write every day." I feel like those things would be more intimidating than inspiring. I don't want to feel pressured or guilted into writing, but when I see an image of people backpacking by a river or a dinosaur in a living room, I just want to write. I want to tell stories, or more accurately, I want to discover those stories.
This is my first year having a vision board, but it's only March, and I already feel like this has been the most productive year of my life so far. Something must be working!