The last thing I want as a writer is another social networking platform to worry about. I have enough distractions, thank you very much. And so it begins…
With a little persuasion from Maria, I have started “Pinning.” I’m using Pinterest for my writing research. Sure, I’m creating personalized boards and pinning my favourite DIY ideas but I’m also pinning research visuals and catching on to why this popular online space might just be a useful resource for me as a writer.
Unlike most social media platforms, Pinterest is all about the imagery, and not the text. And who doesn’t love pictures! With its visual focus, it may seem counterintuitive that Pinterest would be great for writers, but I’m quickly learning how this tactic is proving to be a rich resource, particularly in the creative stages.
Creating visual pin boards can be a great way to help fuel your imagination and give readers a glimpse into your creative process. Here’s a glimpse at my board to give you an idea.
Now it’s your turn to “Pin It!”
Here are 8 ways that Pinterest can be useful to you as a writer.
1. Research. People (actors that represent your characters). Places (images of similar settings). Things (objects or time period references). Mood (scenes that create atmosphere and emotional overtones).
2. Motivation. Inspirational quotes and wisdom as a way to inspire and remind yourself why you write and what you want to accomplish.
3. Collaboration. Invite other writers to pin to your board and make comments. Organize writing teams and pitch ideas. Provide incentives (free books) to fellow writers.
4. Booklists. Market research and comparables to your book. Or books you want to read!
5. Promotion. Images of your blog, posters, flyers, business cards, book covers, and book tour photos.
6. The Writing Life. Pin the view out the window from your desk. Your bookshelf. Your real-life storyboard/pin board. Or even your cat asleep on your laptop.
7. Stay current. Using the “Popular” feature on the Pinterest home page, you can instantly access the latest trends from all genres.
8. Connect with your fans. Pin boards show your personality and interests. It’s a great way to connect with others and express what you care about.
How do you use Pinterest? Feel free to share links to your pin boards in the comment section. We’d love to check them out!