How Writers Can Use Visual Aids

In my February post, I showed a picture of one of my favourite visual aids. It’s an index card on which I’ve drawn an arrow. Inside the arrow I wrote, “I am a creator”. Being a writer, it is particularly appropriate for me.

I have several of these index cards scattered throughout my home. Some are pinned in plain sight while others–more private ones—are tucked inside various notebooks and drawers. Each one contains a positive message that acts as a reminder of the things I want to focus on.

I first came upon this idea while reading Sonia Choquette’s book “Your Heart’s Desire: Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want” and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s a good way to break up negative thought patterns and bring your mind back to the present. Depending on what each card contains, they can be used to inspire you, get you to take action, cheer you up, or even encourage you to enjoy life a bit more.

It’s a simple trick that doesn’t require a lot of time. All you need are a bunch of index cards and some markers. Failing that, feel free to use whatever you have on hand. If you’d rather create something more eye-catching (and happen to be artistically inclined) you can also turn them into beautifully designed pieces.

Here are some suggestions for your cards:

• I write every day
• Ideas come to me easily
• I find the right homes for my stories
• I am confident
• I am happy
• I am successful
• I am fearless
• I fill my life with joy
• I breathe deeply
• I follow my dreams
• I try new things

Simply write what you’d like to see more of in your life. Be creative and have fun with it. Then place the cards where you’re most likely to see them. Sometimes I forget where I put them and it’s always a nice surprise when I come across one.

Now take a screen break and go make some cards!