Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pinterest for Writers

By April Moore
Organization isn't necessarily the first word that comes to mind when I hear writer. When it comes to writing, I'm about as organized as a toddler's playroom. 

Then along comes Pinterest, who is like the Martha Stewart of Bookmarking, offering virtual bins to organize my scattered brain. In this case, they're bulletin boards where I "pin" stuff I find online that I want to be able to refer back to.

Thanks to Pinterest, I've created my fantasy wardrobe (that I'll never afford), an impressive collection of recipes (that I'll make only a fraction of) and workout routines (that I'll never do). Fortunately, in the hands of a less-easily distracted writer, Pinterest is a great tool for keeping your work-in-progress (and you) organized. Create separate boards for:

  • Setting: Where does your story take place? Pin images, articles, and websites relating to your setting. You may come across an obscure article offering little known facts or details about the city or town you're writing about. World building, Pinterest style.
  • Character: Create separate boards for each of your characters. Consider what  he looks like; his occupation; how he dresses; where he lives; what he eats; how he talks; his likes and dislikes; his fears and desires; etc. It's the internet; you'll be able find images for just about any character trait.
  • Theme/Mood: Is your story dark and mysterious? Whimsical? Humorous? Pin images that reflect the tone and mood of the book. It helps remind you of what mood you're going for--it's amazing how inspiring these images can be.
  • Research: My current WIP involves a character with Alzheimer's, so when I come across articles and websites I find helpful regarding the disease, I pin them. If you're writing historical fiction, it's great to create a board based on the era you're writing about. 
  • Soundtrack: I think it's safe to say that at one time or another, we envision our story on the big screen. What songs would be playing in the background? Got a chase scene? A love scene? Sometimes, writing to certain songs or music can help flesh out a scene.  
  • Book Covers: Pin book covers that you like so that when the time comes to design one, you’ve got some ideas. It also helps to give you an overall feel of your story.
  • Agents: Start building a list of agents for when it comes time to send out queries. 
  • Publishers: If you decide to go the small press route, create a list of them you think you'd like to query. Going down the self-publishing road? Create a board for Publishing---whatever makes it easy for you.
  • General Writing Tips & Info: The internet is chock-full of writing advice. Pin articles, websites, and blog posts that you find helpful. You can even break them down into subjects and create a separate board for each, i.e. writing dialog; character building; etc. 
Referring back to these boards often, is a great way to keep your story, its characters, and its setting fresh in your mind. It also keep you from forgetting details as you go along. 

What are some ways Pinterest has helped you as writer?

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