As an illustrator, you may be comfortable coming up with ideas for visual storytelling, but when it comes to putting them to words, you may have a more challenging time.
Let me share a trick that I use regularly. It's a word association exercise that establishes a foundational vocabulary you can use in your writing.
Additionally, you can use word association to develop story ideas, frame the story's tone, and populate your world with rich details.
I used the following list to write a sci-fi short:
The Day's End
Once you have created your list, you are ready to elaborate on the words through a short essay, poem, or story. Don't worry about how they want to manifest at first. Your poem can become a novel later.
There are many ways to start your list:
- Take words that stick out to you from your journal.
- List words that come to mind when you remember particular memories, such as school lunch.
- Use prompts from around the internet.
- Listen to a song and list words related to how it makes you feel.
- Highlight words or phrases from a magazine.
- Create top 10 lists.
If you have any questions about getting started with word association, feel free to ask me.