Writers Need Pinterest

Butterfly On Fire

Sometimes The Shmata Queen tries to pick on me for using Pinterest but I always remind her that a good writer finds Pinterest to be exceptionally useful.

That is because my boards are filled with bits and pieces of things that interest and inspire me. The opening quote I used in  This Post Is Not About Sex Or Blogging is one that I filed away there.

Pinterest is a cyberspace filing cabinet for putting together ideas for posts. It is not just the flotsam and jetsam of a mind or the silly ranting of a man who has a fire in his belly that never burns out.

It is a series of parts and puzzle pieces and collections of ideas about things that I can write about now and stuff I haven’t come up with yet.

A Giant Puzzle

I rarely use outlines to help me write my blog posts. I prefer to compose at the computer on the fly. I do it because the blog isn’t supposed to be so polished it is devoid of feeling.

These are supposed to be raw chunks of emotion.

If Pinterest won’t work as a proper tool for saving a puzzle piece I’ll drop words into a separate blog and make a post a placeholder.

I have an idea. I have a sense of it but I don’t really know.

Where is my place? Where do I belong? What is best for me?

These are questions I am asking now and things that I couldn’t have addressed before because I hadn’t had enough life experience to know the answers to them.

Writing a post/story/essay reminds me of a giant puzzle, it just a matter of figuring out where to put the pieces so that you have your beginning, middle and end.

Writers Need Pinterest

I rarely struggle with writer’s block. More often than not I don’t have enough time to write about all the ideas that are floating around inside my head but that doesn’t mean I don’t try to prepare for the times when it is harder to come up with something.

Writers need something  to serve as the repository of ideas and inspiration. I figure there is no reason to work harder when there is something like Pinterest.

What do you think? How do you come up with ideas?

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  1. Joe Waters August 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Hey Jack! I’ve found some great uses for Pinterest. First, in my last book I had each of the chapters link to a Pinterest board that gave readers more examples of the chapter topic. I’ve also found Pinterest useful for my “Online Writing Portfolio.” If someone wants to review things I’ve written they can see them all in one place! You can see my boards at http://pinterest.com/joewaters. Best, Joe

  2. Sebastian Aiden Daniels August 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I love pinterest. I just started using it more frequently and find it to be fun and a useful place to store information like you said. I know a writer who has boards on places for potential scenes and inspiration to draw upon, clothes that a specific character might wear, and more. It is very useful.

    I just hope it doesn’t become destroyed when they wide release their promoted pins in order to make money.

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