I’ve discovered Pinterest!

It was inevitable that I’d get Pinterest, really. Art on Tumblr is one of my big sources of inspiration, and Pinterest is FULL of it. I actually got Pinterest a couple of weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to talk about it until now. You can follow me here if you want. And leave your links below so I can follow you!

So I got pretty obsessed with Pinterest.ย 

I mean I wasn’t actually pinning that many things, but just LOOKING at them.

Pinterest is really useful from a writer’s perspective. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. An average YA novel is from 50,000 to 80,000 words. So you’d only need 50 to 80 photos and your novel would be finished!

I joke, I joke. If only it were that easy. But pictures can be a fantastic starting point. They’re visual, and they can communicate so much emotion.

And another great thing? I usually write contemporary, but Pinterest has helped me discover SO MANY amazing ideas that I really want to write a fantasy. I’m absolutely itching to start writing my Alice in Wonderland retelling but first I have to finish my current WIP! Hopefully it’ll make me write faster ๐Ÿ™‚

So yeah: best thing about Pinterest are the pictures that make you goย woah.ย 

But it’s not just great for fantasy ideas.ย Sure, that’s what I’ve mostly found it useful for – all the castles and the fairies and the beautiful settings. I also have a Pinterest board for two of my contemporary WIPs,ย Mutual Weirdnessย andย The Daisy List. Finding pictures for them made me think a lot about what those stories are really about, and indirectly, they’ve really helped meย pinpoint the main themes and ideas. (get it? Pinpoint…? Hahaha…)

Plus it’s fun just to look at them.

In conclusion (oh wow, it sounds like I’m writing an essay), Pinterest is a fantastic resource for writers. It’s good for inspiration, for figuring out what your story’s about, and for gazing at everyone else’s boards. Because dayummmmm, some of them are amazing.

Do you have Pinterest? What do you use it for? Are there any amazing features that I haven’t discovered yet? Let me know in comments!

18 thoughts on “I’ve discovered Pinterest!

  1. I am a tad obsessed with Pinterest, but I do go through phases, haha.
    I only recently made a WIPs board, but I agree that there are so many avenues for inspiration on that site! It’s crazy. And I love that I can find pictures which perfectly suit my stories. It’s crazy.
    I have boards mainly for things that I find pretty, though. Clothes, shoes, this certain hair colour that I REALLY want, and a few other things ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I’m the same. I don’t actually go on it that often, but when I DO it’s for a really long period of time. There are so many different things on Pinterest – I love that I can search so many different things and come up with beautiful artworks or images.

  2. Pinterest is so obsessive, because, even if you don’t go there often, you are on for hours at a time. Just look up quotes on Pinterest and you’ll know what I mean.
    But there are just so many things you can keep looking at, and I do love the art you find on there.

  3. Oh yessss….pinterest. When I first started I was really addicted to it, but now I’ve kind of slacked off. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I mostly pin Supernatural pins and GIFs (as you’ve probably noticed) but it’s a HUGE resource for inspiration! I’m such a visual person, so it’s awesome to find faces that match my characters and scenery that matches what I have in mind…aaaand, then you end up thinking up DIFFERENT stuff and ohh, the awesomeness you can write. x) But you know what I love being on pinterest the most?! When I’m supposed to be writing…but, but it’s research, right?! XD

    • Right? Like I don’t have enough time-wasters in my life…what with Tumblr and Facebook and Twitter and Goodreads and, okay, mostly Tumblr, but now Pinterest…how do I have time to do ANYTHING? But yes, it’s also hugely helpful for writing. I’m so inspired after being in a rather large writing slump, and that’s always lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m so not with all the social media platforms today, I honestly have enough trouble keeping up with comments and Twitter. I’ve got a Tumblr account that I haven’t used in months (not that I really used it at all). I’ve seen a few of our YA group who love the other photo one, is it Instantgram? Something like that, saying how fabulous it is. I’m so tempted Em. Out of the two, which one is better for someone who just posts photos and stuff?

    I feel so old ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Tumblr is fantastic! I mostly use it for fangirl stuff and learning more about social justice/feminism/LGBT things. The community is fantastic for that ๐Ÿ™‚ oh, Instagram! My sisters both use it, but I have no idea what you’re supposed to do. Post selfies??? Don’t ask me. But I’d definitely recommend Pinterest.

      Don’t feel old! I’m a teenager; I SHOULD know what Instagram is but I have no clue. Like Hazel says in TFIOS, “I take quite a lot of pride in not knowing what’s cool.” ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. Eek! you’re a Pinterest! This makes me so happy! I love finding new people to stalk (sorry, follow). I can’t wait to check it out!
    Here’s mine:

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