A Little Thing Called Pinterest (And Why You Need it for Writing)

pinterestAnybody 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

Why Pinterest?

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.

But How?

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.

Rayell older: Tessa: Traze:


Then I tackle random elements.

Sometimes I do this first, but it all depends on how clear the idea is to me.

(open) I mumble the spell as I begin to create the water. After a while, I begin to start controlling it and my smile widens as I make shapes. I hear the door open to the roof and lose my concentration. Making me groan and turn to look at you. -Mari: #superpower #lightning #hand: He won a paper airplane competition:

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.

Transport on the upper levels of our cyberpunk city: Abandoned tunnels under nyc: #emilykinney - "One more minute. That was all that remained of his wait; one more minute. The anticipation had caused his wobble to cease, despite the continuation of the extravagant height. The beads of sweat popping out across his forehead no longer were because of his concentrating on balancing. No, they now squeezed and pooled over because there was now only one more minute. And then . . . Then all would see. . . . All would know.":


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.

If you want to see the boards, go here for the jumbled mess one.  I made a pretty board too, and you can see that by clicking here.

Have you ever used Pinterest for storyboarding and the like?


3 thoughts on “A Little Thing Called Pinterest (And Why You Need it for Writing)

  1. The picture of the guy that you use for a character is the same pic I use for one of mine! And I got it off of Pinterest!


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