How To Storyboard Instagram Stories

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Finally! We’re getting down to specifics on how to storyboard Instagram Stories.

In this post, we’ll be looking at the two main ways to storyboard: with pen & paper or using software.

Some prefer to use a combination of the two (sketch IRL first, the follow through using software). There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, so just choose what works for you!

{Important note: If you missed the first part, Storyboarding For Instagram Stories: What It Is + When To Use It, go read that first.}

Further down, we’ll cover what you actually have to include in a storyboard. 

Storyboards follow a classic, three-act structure that will help guide your creative decisons in succesfully taking your viewers from A to B.

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

how-to-storyboard-instagram-stories-by-everything-here-now-1

Finally! We’re getting down to specifics on how to storyboard Instagram Stories.

In this post, we’ll be looking at the two main ways to storyboard: with pen & paper or using software.

Some prefer to use a combination of the two (sketch IRL first, the follow through using software). There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, so just choose what works for you!

{Important note: If you missed the first part, Storyboarding For Instagram Stories: What It Is + When To Use It, go read that first.}

Further down, we’ll cover what you actually have to include in a storyboard. 

Storyboards follow a classic, three-act structure that will help guide your creative decisons in succesfully taking your viewers from A to B.

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

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Option 1: Use pen & paper

Jot down the scope of the story, its structure, its publishing date & any other tidbits that could serve as a foundation.

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Option 1: Use pen & paper

Jot down the scope of the story, its structure, its publishing date & any other tidbits that could serve as a foundation.

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Option 2: Use software

This is the same as before, but instead of scribbling, you could create a rough collage in your favorite image editing software (for example, Adobe Photoshop) or a graphic design tool (for example, Canva).

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Option 2: Use software

This is the same as before, but instead of scribbling, you could create a rough collage in your favorite image editing software (for example, Adobe Photoshop) or a graphic design tool (for example, Canva).

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What should your storyboard contain?

Think of your storyboard as a visual layout for a three-act structure: you’ll have a beginning, a midpoint & an end.

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What should your storyboard contain?

Think of your storyboard as a visual layout for a three-act structure: you’ll have a beginning, a midpoint & an end.

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The Beginning

The beginning is the catalyst.

This might be: an event, a discovery, a new product, a launch, a call, a collab, a new collection etc.

Be clear on what the viewer can expect if they keep watching & make it fun!

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The Beginning

The beginning is the catalyst.

This might be: an event, a discovery, a new product, a launch, a call, a collab, a new collection etc.

Be clear on what the viewer can expect if they keep watching & make it fun!

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The Middle

This is your opportunity to present all the various, interesting bits about the event, product or situation.

It is where you can take your time & elaborate across one or more Instagram Story slides!

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The Middle

This is your opportunity to present all the various, interesting bits about the event, product or situation.

It is where you can take your time & elaborate across one or more Instagram Story slides!

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The End

The end should consist of a single Instagram Story slide & serve as the seal-the-deal pitch.

Invite viewers to swipe up to learn more, to head to your bio link or to tap to purchase.

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The End

The end should consist of a single Instagram Story slide & serve as the seal-the-deal pitch.

Invite viewers to swipe up to learn more, to head to your bio link or to tap to purchase.

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PSA

Use storyboarding sparingly & strategically.

This way, it will make an impact.

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PSA

Use storyboarding sparingly & strategically.

This way, it will make an impact.

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Missed the intro?

Storyboarding For Instagram Stories:

What It Is + When To Use It

{find it at the link above}

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Missed the intro?

Storyboarding For Instagram Stories: What It Is + When To Use It

{find it at the link above}

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Thank you for reading!

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Thank you for reading!

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    Your article on how to storyboard Instagram stories is fantastic! As someone who struggles with creativity, your tips have been incredibly helpful in helping me plan out engaging and visually appealing stories. I love how you break down the process into simple steps that are easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your expertise! – Alex Cool

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