These two terms are the bane of story writers, poets, and think tanks of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. Concept and storyboard to a writer are the equivalent of heroine and water boarding. Inspiration for a concept can be found at any time and it can take you off on a literary high as you dream up this wonderful story. Concept is addicting. Concept is a writer’s best friend.

…storyboard. Storyboard is the next step after concept. Though storyboard is a term used mainly for videography and filmmaking, it simply means the process of envisioning and writing out in words and sketches the plan of your story. This is the logistics of story writing, the technical side of writing. Often it is the kill stroke for a story. The technicalities tend to kill the initial dream for a concept.

I’m a manic depressive, introverted writer who goes through major mood swings of intensely aggressive writer’s mode and then falls into slumps of acute depression. I’ll have days where I can write 20,000 words of a story, followed by weeks without the will to write.

I understand the laws of writing, I’ve even created some of them. But that which I would I do not, and that which I would not I do. Even in terms of writing I am a sinner: for I willfully disobey the laws to which all writers must adhere.

Concept is a drug but storyboard is the consequences of that drug. Eventually the excitement of the concept will abate when the storyboard bogs down the writer. In writing, just like in everything else, there are consequences for our actions. Too many concepts will overload the conscious mind and the subconscious will be wracked with the technical stress of the storyboard. That’s what leads to the depressive side of things. Manic leads to a sensory overload of ideas, and depressive is brought about by trying to facilitate the logistics for all of them.

Moral of the story: don’t get too excited about the shiny new ideas. The more ideas you grab hold of, the more you are drawn in. Pretty soon, you’re trapped. Your mind is full of ideas, it’s trying desperately to conceptualize them into the story they need to be, but it can’t. You pay the penalty for your carelessness. You let it slip, let your guard down, let go of the wheel. A writer must realize that he only has room in his brain for one good idea, anything else will be too much for him.

Life has consequences, writing has consequences. Ideas must be taken in moderation, one concept at a time can be successfully converted into a story. But too often, too many too much is what we get. Too many concepts, too many storyboards, it leaves you flat on the floor. Don’t just grab at an idea before you fully weigh its cost.

As always, thanks for reading.

–the anonymous novelist


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