Pinterest for the pre-published writer

Pinning can be useful…

Just for fun, last night I did a Google search on “Pinterest for Writers”. I saw a pile of blog posts, however most of them seemed to be geared more towards published authors.

A while ago, I did a post with how I use Pinterest. I hadn’t been using it very long at the time, and since then, there are some other ways you can use Pinterest to help develop your stories, especially while you are a pre-published writer.

1. Story Starters
Pictures can be wonderful inspiration for stories. Every now and again, I see a random image that looks great. It doesn’t fit in any of my boards, so I add it to a general board for story starters.

2. Settings
There are so many amazing pictures of places on Pinterest. If you need some ideas of where to set your story, you can find some images and create a board. This can also help with consistency if you need it. For example, you find a picture of your character’s dream kitchen, base the details on that picture and refer back to it when you need to.

3. Character details
I know of a couple of writers who found wedding dresses for their characters on Pinterest and it helped them with the details of lace and train length and other details. Someone else I know used it with a hair style and she wanted something a bit different, and to explain how this style was created.

4. Something odd
Do you need to research something odd or describe something that is a bit strange? Look for some images on Pinterest. These pictures can be a starting point and by following them back to their website, you never know what you’ll find.

5. Boards for books
To keep details for different stories together, you can create a board for each book to store your images and research in one place. If you don’t want your followers to know the details of your book, such as the title, create a code name for them.

I hope this gives you some useful ideas for using Pinterest as a pre-published writer. You can follow me here.

This post is part of the Blogging Olympics, scheduled as part of the Tae Kwon Do challenge.

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  1. Love this post, especially the idea of using Pinterest for Story Starters. I’ve followed you there. I still fumble around Pinterest, but your post has really inspired me. I’m always seeing a picture of a possible setting or character, and I never thought to compile them on Pinterest. I’m sharing this post!

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