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.
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 🙂
So yeah: best thing about Pinterest are the pictures that make you go woah.
But it’s not just great for fantasy ideas. 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, Mutual Weirdness and 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 me 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!