One of my most favorite articles/resources is an article by Dustin Lance Black on “Storyboarding Research.”
What is a storyboard?
It is a comic or series of images produced beforehand to help visualize scenes/paragraphs/tables and find potential problems in a final original research manuscript.
What does a storyboard include?
- Key imagery/metaphors/summary information
- Critical ‘turning points’ in the data story
- All figures and tables
- Headings and sub-headings you plan to use to structure the final manuscript
- Helps envision your finished product early in the process.
- Generate key reactions, understand what your audience needs most to hear and how to communicate that information clearly.
- Creatively develop the difficult materials or paragraphs.
- Generate a detailed common vision for the manuscript before the first draft.
I need help visualizing the final product.
- Consider all your important trigger ideas or moments and picture them clearly.
- Vary the scale of your focus, broaden to the largest summary of your research in the broad field, then focus down to your sub-specialty and the gap you are filling with this manuscript.
- Face up to any inconsistencies in your data or storytelling.
- Avoid procrastination!
- Focus on the narrative.