In my work place (I work at a University), whiteboards are so ubiquitous that my office came standard with one, but I had to specially request a corkboard.
Now I’m addicted to them.
I’ve acquired 3 for home. A small one for planning my week and keeping track of immediate tasks and planning. Two for story planning.
It would have been one, but then I would have had to erase it to work on my plotting issues on the other WIP (work in progress). To which I said hell no! Besides they stack very neatly against each other, so there’s no problem with multiples.
So yes, I use them for plotting, story planning, world building. Really, any kind of idea generation works so well on that smooth expanse of white. Even post-its don’t work as well for me as scribbling notes that I know I can just erase, re-scribble and keep going with. Maybe paper’s just too much commitment for me and my commitment phobia is resurfacing in a strange and peculiar way. Or I just love being able to scribble where I want. Either way, I find whiteboards the perfect way to work through all these story areas, particularly plotting problems (my personal bane).
It’s easy to switch colours for different concerns, straight lines for those scenes I’m certain of, dashes for those that may need to get reviewed, changed or moved. Red notes on the places that I have questions. Odd random notes in the corners for things I need to remember. Different colour for the sections I haven’t written yet but have the basic, broadest strokes defined in my head.
Or in other words, whiteboards rock. So much flexibility. And with digital cameras, it’s no cost and no effort to record whatever you’ve written down before wiping it away and starting all over.
So if you, too, are staring at blank post-its and wondering what to do, consider the power of whiteboards. Just saying. 😉