When one thinks of Pinterest, they most likely think of DIY tutorials and chicken recipes (at least, that’s what I used to think). Of course, there’s no harm in that. I’ve tried my fair share of both of these, and more often than not they’ve turned out well.
But my favorite utilization of the addicting site, hands down, is its incredible impact on my writing. Now, I’m a fiction writer and my genre of choice is romance. So while the boards I follow and the pins I love may be different from other types of writers, the motions can still be applied elsewhere.
In my “Writing Tips & Tricks” board, I’ve saved and utilized several different things to motivate and improve my writing. I’ve listed and explained my favorite ones below, and I have no doubt that people wanting to develop or improve their writing skills will find them helpful.
Yes, we’re starting before the writing even gets started. Pinterest is FULL of awesome writing prompts that, even if they don’t become part of your actual story, will at least your creative gears turning.
Looking at boards filled with pictures of pretty people? Yes, please. Not only that but saving one picture in particular for a character guarantees that their descriptions in the story stay consistent.
This is my favorite part. I’ve always been obsessed with character’s backstories, but there are charts and information you can find that just delve so much deeper. You can get ideas for names, motivations, and personalities. My favorite tool? Anything Meyers Briggs. Don’t know what that is? Search it and prepare yourself for hours of distraction.
Never in my life did I think I would enjoy using worksheets so much, but here I stand (sit?) corrected. If you search “story worksheets”, “story planning”, or anything of the sort, you’ll have access to tons of free printables that can help you track scenes, develop characters, organize different plot points, etc.
There are literally pins of 100 different words to use instead of “said”. There are also ones for commonly misused words, when to use what kind of hyphen, and for when you aren’t exactly sure what word you’re thinking of. The people that make these should have their own hall of fame.
If you ever want to know what tools and websites other authors or bloggers use to help them, just search “writing tools” on Pinterest.
Lastly, with so many writers using Pinterest, it’s not at all difficult to feel better about yourself when you see others posting about thinking their work is crap as well. People post their tricks for making themselves sit down and write, for refining a skill that is so lucky to have, and for not letting self-doubt get you down.
Here are some of my favorite boards.
And there it all is. Obviously, you can utilize the site however you’d like so that it suits your needs, but this is how I use it (for the most part). I really hope that any of these help you out in any sort of way.
Comment below if they have or if you’re excited to try them!