Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pinterest as a Writing Tool

Yes, I'm on Pinterest. I have several boards, as a matter of fact, if you haven't been to my page, you'll see that I have all of my books as boards -- who I think my characters could be, and recently I've added where they live. And a few miscellaneous boards that I've been adding to as I go along. 

Some of my friends say they were disappointed they looked at the characters BEFORE they read my books, they didn't picture the characters quite that way, and others have said my "people" were spot on. I guess it's up to you whether you look or not.

However, what I've found is that Pinterest is an outlet for me that allows my left brain (right brain? I get them mixed up lol) to be creative artfully. Allow me to explain -- when I write, I stare at a blank white page, and type in black font. No color, no shape, no soul, as it were. Whereas on Pinterest, I get to "play" with art in all forms, design my boards, use my imagination to the best of its ability.

I don't use it often, mainly when I find pictures that go along with my stories. I don't go to Pinterest and spend hours and hours searching for things. I don't generally "pin" other peoples pictures to my boards (unless I find one that really speaks to me, like my new Heroes Board. But quite honestly, that was a one time thing.) I suppose if I were more technologically minded, I would pin everything I see, but I haven't quite figured out how to do it.

Before I found Pinterest, I had all my characters on my blog in posts. But if you missed a post, then you would miss the characters and then have to search for them. Now, they're all there in one place with one click.  

I showed my page to the secretary at school the other day and she was very impressed. She said, "Oh, this is fabulous, now I can click on the link as I'm reading the book and see who you're writing about. It's like a movie without the cinema." Yeah, something like that.

Here's the link   (If you click on it, it will take you there directly)

Tell me - Do you use Pinterest? 

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014


  1. I visited. Very colorful and lively. But I just don't have the time for ANOTHER site!

  2. Bish -- Which is why I only ever get there every two or three months at best. It's what I call a static site. It's just there. No interaction involved. But I like that it is there for others to look at if they choose.

    To me it adds another dimension to my books. Some people do book trailers, I do Pinterest.

  3. When I first got hooked on Pinterest I didn't think about it as a writing tool at all. I get sucked into beautiful pictures of nature and inspiring quotes.

    It only occurred to me that it would be useful to keep boards for things that I'm researching - only after I started bookmarking heaps of websites when researching ruined abbeys for example. It's a great place to keep scenic imagery for your WIP.

    I think you've done a wonderful job of giving your readers an insight into how you visualise your stories.

    And uh-oh, one of your heroes is one that I'd already picked for one of mine (one of the paintings). I suppose we can share him ;-)

  4. Charlotte -- The man we share must be the handsome one. When I first started researching women for my covers, I didn't realize there were so many.

    Pinterest, as you say, is a useful tool to keep places and pics that you use for your books. I love it for that reason alone. And if I ever lose one of them, I know where to find it.


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