Pinterest is a GIANT black hole. I can lose entire afternoons to putting together the perfect Hufflepuff aesthetic board or just scrolling through cute kitten pictures. But did you know that it’s also a pretty good writing resource?
okay you probably knew that but shhh
I use Pinterest a lot to organise my ideas and get writing advice. It’s like a giant bulletin board, or a digital filing cabinet. Of all the many, many things that I’ve found on Pinterest, these are 15 of my favourites.
Five people you gotta follow on Pinterest:
- Maggie Maxwell. She has SO MANY INSPIRATION BOARDS.
- Your Writer Platform. Kim has a million ideas for how to set up the writerly website of your dreams.
- Writerology. I’m totally in love with Faye’s weekly Twitter chat #storycrafter and her Pinterest boards are just as good.
- Maria Ribas. She’s a literary agent who really, really, really loves cookbooks. She also writes lots of blog posts on how to get a literary agent to notice you.
- Wonderlass. Allison isn’t a writer by trade, but she’s got so many helpful posts and worksheets. If you want help building or branding your site, she’s the go-to.
Five of my favourite group boards:
- The Writer’s Sandbox. Modded by the fantastic Mandy Wallace, this group board is huge, popular, and honestly my favourite one on Pinterest.
- Writers Unite! This is a great board with over 1,000 contributors. Loads of tips, loads of encouragement.
- Writing Prompts. Another one of Mandy Wallace’s group boards. What? They’re the best.
- The Write Stuff. This group board, modded by Maggie Maxwell, is a great mish-mash of stylistic and technical tips, blogging advice, and writing prompts.
- We Like to Write. I only joined this board recently, but I love its small-group vibe and the fact that they chose a Writer Snow Leopard meme as the board cover.
Five boards that you need to have:
- Writing prompts. Do you know how many great story ideas there are on Pinterest? SO MANY. Make yourself a board to stick them in so you don’t lose them.
- Character inspiration. There are, like, a million gorgeous portraits on Pinterest and every single one of them is going to be a character someday. No, really. I’ll write those stories someday. Promise.
- Writing advice. From how the classic three-act structure works to how much damage different-sized bullets will do, Pinterest has your back.
- About me. You get, what, 180 characters in your bio? If that? Lame. Tell the good people of the Internet who you are in pictures.
- WIP board(s). So that you have a handy visual reference for all your great stories.
Do you use Pinterest much? Do you have any must-follows?