There’s no denying that there are thousands of resources out there today for aspiring authors and just writers in general. You can find blog after blog, video after video, and article after article. Not even mentioning the website that have popped up over the last few years all geared towards independent authors. Sometimes it becomes too much and you run away to your favorite procrastinating activity for comfort. Mine is Pinterest. I could, and have, spend all day on that website. I look up just about everything under the sun. But there is a way to turn this into a powerful tool for your writing career. If you don’t know what Pinterest is it’s a website that allows you to make boards about specific topics. Let’s say you like to cook healthy meals but don’t want to (or can’t) buy a million different cook books. You can search for the recipes and save them for later. This site is completely free which a budding writer’s favorite word. You can make as many different boards as you like. You are only limited by your imagination. Here are 5 ways to use Pinterest as a writer
1. A place to find and bookmark articles on writing and the writing process.
If you’re like me, you’re always on the prowl for help when it comes to your writing. Or you may have a question that just popped up and you want to find out how to solve/do it. You don’t necessarily need that information right now, but you want to have it for future reference. Well Pinterest is a good place to store all that information. It’s what the site was designed to be.
2. Save all those cool tips and tricks that will take your writing to the next level.
This is one of my favorite features. One of the coolest things I found through Pinterest was the site Notebook.ai. It has literally made world building so much easier for me. I’ll go into that site a bit more another time but I did a brief over view of it here in a previous post. Another nifty thing I found was this wheel of emotion that helped you find a stronger word to convey a feeling.
3. Inspirational Quotes and writer humor.
Hey we all need a laugh or a kick in the butt. You could have a whole board dedicated to that when you start slacking off on writing. Or you could print them off and put them up around your writing space or where ever you feel like.
4. Half assed research.
There are historical boards a plenty on Pinterest. Sometimes you come across a interesting historical tidbit that you didn’t know but would work for a book idea later on. Save that shit! This will save you time later on when you come around to that idea. Work smarter not harder my friends
This one is my favorite. I have boards for books that I’ve written and books that I’m planning on. I’ve also saved some cool historical people that I might like to write about later. But when you’re scrolling through and you see a picture that is almost exactly what your MC looks like, pin it! Found a pretty picture of a landscape real or not…pin it. I like looking at author’s boards for their books after I’ve finished reading the book to see where the inspiration came from and to see if what I saw was the same.
So there you have it. Five easy ways to use Pinterest as a writer. Below I’ll include links to my boards so you can see what I’m talking about. Happy pinning and don’t forget to write!