10 Tried and True Ways for Writers to Use Pinterest
- Grow. Pinterest is a fantastic place to develop all the non-writing skills. Learn how to make your garden grow, how to remodel a house, or how to build anything from pallets. Because it’s the sum of our experiences beyond the page that add depth to our writing.
- Organize. Pin creative ways to organize your workspace to make you more productive, or to decrease the amount of time you spend on laundry and meals so you can write more.
- Avoidance. Pinterest can be a fabulous time-suck for those moments when the words won’t come. (then after your short break, get back to work . . . see #6)
- Find Readers. Every single pinner has the potential of being a future reader. But not if you bombard them with nothing but your covers. Pinterest is like every other social media outlet: only 5-10% of pins should be sales related, the rest should be “you” related.
- Recharge. Writing takes brain energy, and powering-down by flipping through pictures can rejuvenate writing muscles.
- Get Inspired. Discover far-off places for your characters to live and interact.
- Design. Make a “cover art inspiration” board when images are either perfect for, or inspire, the next cover.
- Keep track. Inspiration can strike anytime, and having a single place like Pinterest to hold details for a future books can alleviate the stress of trying to find that one picture from 3 years ago. Download the app to your phone too, so you can pin things while you’re waiting in the carpool lane or dentist office.
- Dress, feed, and clothe. Your characters have basic needs. Use Pinterest to create a board for each character and fill it with their favorite foods, party ideas, and wardrobe. Go one step further and make a “covet board” for each character–what are their deepest desires? Use Pinterest as a unique way to get to know them.
- Motivate. Make a “reward board.” Fill it with everything from a reward for meeting weekly writing goals, as well as enticing rewards for finishing the entire book.
Extra tip: Add the “pin it” button to your sidebar to easily pin things as you’re surfing about on the internet.
What about you? How are you using Pinterest for your writing?
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