Have you ever gotten super distracted by Pinterest when you were supposed to be writing?
Pinterest – and any social media, for that matter – can be extremely distracting when you’re trying to write a story. It’s so easy to just switch to it instead if we’re struggling even just slightly with trying to get the words down.
But what if I told you that – outside of your writing time – Pinterest is actually a pretty great thing for writers to have?
If you’re like me at all, you probably have quite a few boards on Pinterest that are more for your personal use than anything. Those relatable writing memes (which I share in my emails! Sign up to my email list here 😉) and inspirational quotes are pretty nice to have around, amiright?
But when it comes to a writer using this particular platform, there’s a little more usefulness within it than there first appears to be on the surface.
The Benefits of An Inspiration Board
*jumps up and down in chair* Okay, so this post has basically been years in the making. Back when I started blogging, it was one of my early ideas for a post. However, I never actually got around to fully fleshing out the post and actually sharing it with the world.
Buckle up: I’ve been mentally working on this post for 3 years by now. It’s gonna be great. :3
First and foremost, the reason I go on for a long time to writer friends about how they need to get Pinterest is because it’s full of inspiration for your books.
You know when you hear music that reminds you of your book? (a little like we talked about in my post on nailing the mood your scene) Much like music, pictures can also remind you of your book.
If you head on to my own Pinterest (which you can check out here *hint hint wink wink*) then you’ll find inspiration boards for two of my books: The Storm Inside and The Triad of Caosdif. The boards are vastly different, but each pin on these boards is curated to the book because the pin reminds me of the story in some way.
Looking at a board tailored to your book where every single pin reminds you of your book can be very inspiring. We all have our days where it’s difficult to feel inspired for our book, so a Pinterest board can really come in handy when that happens.
2. Developing Ideas
When you aren’t sure entirely where a new idea for your book is going to go, it’s pretty helpful to go and look at pins that remind you of the scene. Seeing them kind of adds to this mental catalogue you have in your mind for that scene, helping you to slowly flesh it out more and more over time, simply by exposing yourself to it. (That’s not scientific or anything; it’s just what I’ve personally noticed. 😛 )
3. The Back Burner
Most writers have more than one idea at once. However, we can only really focus on one story idea at any one time. The rest of our ideas get shoved onto the back burner.
But when you use Pinterest, they don’t just get shoved away until you’re done with the idea you’re currently working on. That back burner is on low heat, sure, but it’s still cooking. You can look for pins that remind you of your idea, or whenever you happen upon any, you can save them to your board for it! This allows you to continue developing your ideas, thus always making progress, without having to put all your time and energy into it.
When you come to write the story in the future, you’ll have entire board ready to inspire you. During the whole time you’ve been waiting to write it, you’ll have slowly been able to gather more inspiration, and this slow process allows you to not forget ideas you had. (unlike if you never thought about them at all) Sometimes, you come up with completely new ideas for the story by accident, thanks to having the board and having continued letting you idea cook.
Pinterest can, undoubtedly, waste your time if you’re not careful. But, when used right, it can help further develop your story and inspire you.
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Do you like Pinterest? 😉
Do you often have random plot bunnies running wild in your head?
What do you like to do to develop your story ideas?