Much like my previous blog post, using music as a writing inspiration (link). Pinterest is another great resource for writers in need of some visual aid. While most of the time we can set the stage and describe a character based on the image in our mind, it’s nice to look at an example right in front of you. You never know when you can forget little details like the freckles on a secondary character’s nose or the tiny hairs on a butterfly’s body.
My favorite way to utilize Pinterest for writing is a character’s physical description. I’ll save several photos on boards designated for each project. This girl’s hair with this other girl’s jaw line combined with this third girl’s eye color. It sounds tedious but I thoroughly enjoy spending an afternoon scrolling looking for inspiration. Sometimes I even find a photo of an actor or a model and think, “Oooh that’s how I pictured so-and-so would look!” And it helps bring the people living inside my head to paper.
Another great way to use Pinterest as a tool is for scenery. Maybe you’re writing a scene that takes place in the desert but you’ve never been to Arizona. Maybe you’ve only been to the coast a few times but your characters are having an intimate conversation at the beach? It’s always great to have a visual. When I travel, I always take photos of the landscapes and save them just in case I want to look at the lush forests of Western Oregon while I sit in desolate southern Texas. Even though I grew up in the mountains and I remember the feeling well, it’s never a bad idea to give yourself some extra inspiration.
Not only does Pinterest have great visuals, there are also loads of construction tools and writing inspiration. Looking for a blog post to help you develop an underwhelming villain? Interested in finding a list of items you may not have thought of while building your own world? I guarantee there’s something on that website that can help you out. There’s also a lot of great information and tips when it comes to publishing as well! Submitting to a publisher or literary agent for the first time can be overwhelming, self publishing even more so. I found Pinterest was one of my best sources for seeing how other writers went about the publishing process and what they would have done differently.
Personally, I use Pins for everything listed above. I go above and beyond and I have a separate account solely for my YA fantasy series so that it doesn’t get mixed in with the other stories. I do this because with five books plotted out, there’s a lot of different boards to keep things organized. But for my stand alone projects, I use one account for them all with just one board for each story line. Since Pinterest added categories to each board a while ago, it’s even easier to stay organized and keep your visuals from getting all mixed together.