I’ve been using Pinterest for a few weeks now, and I’ve gained and (hopefully) given inspiration to others by using it.
Just in case you don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s basically a collection of “boards” (think bulletin boards) on which you pin interesting pictures and share with others.
At the moment, it’s “invite only,” but I requested access and within two days was emailed an invitation.
Since I do work in Social Media, I try to provide my clients with as many venues for them to spread their brand and engage their customers.
It’s pretty easy for designers or retailers to use Pinterest, but seeing the power of the platform, I wondered if writers could use it to connect with readers, develop characters, and share their concepts.
The long and short of it? You can use Pinterest to create boards for the characters and settings in your novel.
For example, I already have a good idea of what Aaron looks like in my novel since I’ve described his clothing and facial features.
I could create board on Pinterest and pin several images that would make up what he looks like: a hat here, a trenchcoat and leather shoes there.
OR, I could be even more creative and pin pictures that reflect his personality or intelligence—from a photo of a stormy sea to a painting of someone laughing.
Each photo can have a small caption that describes how it relates to your character.
Pinterest is also a great place to find inspiration for your novel; I’ve run across some truly amazing paintings and photos on the site: some are optical illusions, others are heart wrenching snapshots of sadness or poverty.
Finally, it’s a great place to drive traffic to your blog; Pinterest has been driving quite a bit of referral traffic these last few months. Check out this Mashable article for more.
So, why not translate a 1000 words into a picture?
I’m planning on starting a board with my characters in the near future; if you do the same, please share!