Images are a huge source of inspiration, so Pinterest has become a wonderful tool for me. I did a FB post recently that featured a link to my Mood/Inspiration board for my upcoming novel, The Runaway Queen, and received some really wonderful feedback. I thought I would do a post on Pinterest, and how I use it as both a reader and a writer.
- Find visuals for the novels you’re reading. I am a very visual person, so I like having a place to go where I can search for certain books and find fan art or “dream casts” and see how other people see the characters that are alive in my imagination. I also like doing this when I’m having a hard time keeping up with characters. One example of this recently was Truthwitch – I could not keep an image of Safi or Isuelt in my head, but I went on Pinterest and found a fan art depiction of the characters, and it was smooth sailing from there. I have a board where I can keep track of my favorite art/inspiration for the books that I love.
- Find pin boards by authors you love. If you cannot get enough of a book, many authors have inspiration boards for not just the book that’s out currently, but the unpublished sequel, too. Some of my favorites are Alex Bracken, Cassandra Clare, and most recently, Jessica Khoury. There are loads others, depending on your tastes, but it’s a great way to see the author’s inspiration and his/her vision for the future of a series.
- Create your own inspiration boards. I have different types of inspiration boards. First, I have a Character board, where I save faces that I find. These are characters that don’t currently have a place in any of my WIP. They can come from anywhere. If I see someone in a tv show with a face I’d like to write, I can search from her on Pinterest and save her to that board. Then I have a general Inspiration board, where I save things that I find, like prompts, or scenes or images that spark something in me but that also don’t have a place yet.
- Create boards for your WIP. I also have inspiration boards for all my WIP, but I keep those private for the most part. I didn’t make my TRQ board public until the manuscript was out in the world. This might change in the future, but it’s what I’m comfortable with now. I pin scenes, character images, quotes – anything that inspires me in that particular WIP.
- Create a writing tips board. I’ll come across articles or blogs that I want to keep referring back to or save to read later, so I created a board just for that purpose. I use it to pin anything from posts on how to develop characters to tips on plotting and outlining.
I hope you’ll take the time to check out the boards I’ve linked here. You can also follow me on Pinterest here. What are some of your favorite writing-related Pinterest boards or pins? Leave a comment and let me know so I can add them!