Anybody heard of Pinterest? I try not to spend my whole life on the site. It’s seriously addictive. I primarily began using it for writing. Why Pinterest, you ask. Isn’t that only for clothing and food? I’m here to tell you that Pinterest is amaze for writing. No this isn’t an advertisement for my Pinterest account, even though I might use some examples and I wouldn’t mind the followers. 😛
*all pics from pinterest, of course
Pinterest helps get the very roughest ideas in a slightly organized mess. Since that doesn’t make sense, let me explain. When I first think of a new idea, I mull it around in my head for a day, a week, a month, or even a year. (Yes, that has happened.) Sometimes though, the plot doesn’t magically assemble itself. (Am I joking? Never.) I get the vibe of the story, but not the plot. *Pinterest comes in to save the day.* I basically just start pinning everything that is remotely related to the idea into a special board. That then generates ideas for plot, characters, and so forth.
Did I mention that there is an endless supply of writing prompts? And quotes.
I pick a few quotes, and they become the essence of my novel. Everything else revolves around that. Examples:
These quotes kind of become the main focus of my story. They aren’t necessarily related to each other, (most of the time) but they drive my story in the right direction.
Pinterest has an amazing amount of character inspiration. I just find some people I like, and boom! I know what my characters look like.
Then I tackle random elements.
Sometimes I do this first, but it all depends on how clear the idea is to me.
Then I tackle Scenery.
I love doing this, and things get wacky. I decide later what stays and what goes. It’s basically a dump of everything I love and want to incorporate in the story.
There’s normally a lot of stuff. Write what you love, right? 🙂
I find random stuff that I like. These include but are not limited to: donuts, tea, black boots, that good stuff.
Then I go from there!
It’s pretty easy to go from ideas to elements for me. Images greatly help my brain move along, and from elements, I get plot.
Have you ever used Pinterest for storyboarding and the like?