Every author gets a bit of writer’s block now and again. The words won’t come. The narrative seems muddled. You try tapping out a few more sentences like the devoted story-teller that you are, but your pitiful offering leaves you frustrated and in doubt of your own genius.
Step away, writer! I know that this sounds like writing heresy, but sometimes taking a breather is the best thing you can do for your story. You don’t have to quit altogether for the day. Instead, try opening up your browser and navigating over to Pinterest, an online collection of inspirational images and links that you can pin to virtual boards that you create! Not convinced? Here are 5 ways that YOU can utilize Pinterest as a writing tool.
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5 STRATEGIES TO USE PINTEREST TO BREAK WRITER’S BLOCK
1. Inspiration Boards
Images of places, people, animals, locations, history, and films have inspired many writers’ work over the years. Often these images get delegated to inspiration folders on desktops, and time leaves them cluttered and eating away at their computer’s hard drive. Why settle for that? Create inspiration boards on Pinterest, as many as you’d like, and get to ‘pinning’ those images. In seconds, you can create boards to house the images that you find for your characters, settings, plot structures, and more! Not only can you pin what you find around the web, but you can browse any of the Pinterest categories to see what others are pinning to their own boards. And if you are feeling shy or secretive about any of your images, Pinterest allows you to create up to three private boards, perfect for keeping your latest story idea under wraps.
2. Follow Other Writers or Publishers
One of Pinterest’s best features is the ability to follow other users’ boards. Chances are that when you find a pin you love, the original pinner of that pin will have similar interests as you. So after you pin that new piece of inspiration, check out the user that you pinned from. If you like what they pin, consider following some or all of their boards. This will allow you to view all of the pins they savein the future, increasing your chances of finding another piece of motivation.
3. Writing Infographics and Tip Lists
There are a ton of super helpful tips and tricks for writers on Pinterest. Simply search “writing tips” and you will come across hundreds of writing infographics and tip lists. Take advantage of these pins and learn about how to improve your own writing, find a writing style, outline your novel, improve your story arcs, begin background research, and so much more! Need a dose of motivation while you are struggling with your story? Refer back to these tips to help you flesh out your ideas.
4. Keep Track of the Books You’ve Read
If you are a writer and you aren’t reading voraciously, its time to get started! Reading extensively is one of the best ways that a writer can develop their writing style and improve upon their skills. Create a board to keep track of the books you read (you can do this by pinning images of the book covers to that board). After several months, look back on the books you have read and search for any patterns. Have you skipped certain genres? Were the books you read all modern or only non-fiction? Keeping tabs on this board will help you discover where you need to fill in the cracks as a reader so in turn you can become a better writer!
5. Quote Boards
Some of the most inspirational tidbits are gleaned from quotes by authors or their novels. Keep track of the ones that have impacted you by creating a board for poignant quotes. See what lines of literature have struck your fancy and compare those popular lines to see what has attracted them to readers. Then utilize what you discover in your writing. Try pinning author’s wisdom as well. Many authors have shared bits of their expertise in memoirs, autobiographies, and interviews. These quotes are indeed floating around the web, just waiting for you to discover them, be inspired, and pin! When even your inspiration boards can’t seem to unclog your dreaded writer’s block, reading a few encouraging words from renowned authors can really do the trick!
Are you a Pinterest Addict or a Pinspiration virgin? What tips and tricks do you have for using Pinterest as a writing tool? Share your input below!
KRISTEN A. KIEFFER
Kristen A. Kieffer is the founder and head writer of the everyday creative writing blog, Book Jacket, and an aspiring young author working on her first fantasy epic. She loves helping amateur writers tell better stories, holding conversations with her characters, and drinking coffee like its water. Connect with her online on Pinterest (of course), Google+, and Twitter.
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