Using Pinterest as a writing tool

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Do you ever struggle to capture just the right details to portray a setting? I do.

This week, I’ve been working on the first  mystery in my Midge & Snig series which takes place in the Galapagos Islands and needed some inspiration. It has been eight years since I was in the Galapagos and I have forgotten some of the finer details of the locations we visited. That is where Pinterest comes in.

During the initial drafting process, I set up inspiration boards for each of the planned books in the Midge & Snig series. As I think of locations and settings, I add pins to the boards. Today, those pins are coming in handy. I couldn’t remember exactly what the light is like in a Scalesia forest, but I had pins on my Galapagos board to refer back to.  I couldn’t remember exactly what the giant tortoises looked like when they were wading in water, but I have pins of tortoises wading in water. I can always revisit the islands through the pictures I’ve collected.

Do you use Pinterest? Do you use it as a tool to organize your thoughts or do you use it as a social media outlet? I haven’t quite figured out how to connect with people in a meaningful way on Pinterest so if you have, I would appreciate some advice.

If you’d like to follow me or some of my boards, I’d love to connect with you there.

Some other good posts abut the topic:

Jane Friedman – How authors can use Pinterest
34 Strategic Ways You Can Use Pinterest to Market Your Book and Your Author Brand
Pinterest as a Writing Tool: 5 Tips for Creative Writers

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