by Teagan Berry
A couple days ago, I posted an article on how the social media site Pinterest is extremely useful for writers and the visualization of characters, settings, clothing, etc. As a follow-up, I want to now get into the ways Pinterest can assist writers in a more general fashion. What do I mean by this? Things like writing prompts, suggestions, guidelines… you know, all that jazz.
Like many other writers out there, I’ve suffered from writer’s block. Well, one of the more recent ways I’ve discovered to help out with this issue is using Pinterest. Just simply search “Writing prompts” and you’ll receive hundreds of ideas to get you unstuck from whatever writing dilemma you’re currently facing. Sometimes it may be something entirely unrelated to what it is you’re working on – and that’s totally okay.
Taking a break from your current project is sometimes exactly what you need to rejuvenate and recharge your writing batteries. Other times, you may actually find a writing prompt that works with whatever it is you’re writing. I’ve had both of these circumstances happen for me and they work just the same. They get me writing again, which is all that really matters.
Pinterest also has a ton of writing advice out there that authors and writers should really take advantage of. I’ve got a whole board of pins dedicated to writing tips and suggestions that I really do use when writing. Sometimes they can be as simple as a reminder on how to notice when you’re writing in a passive voice or active voice… or how to tell when a bilingual character has been written by a non-bilingual person.
Other times, they can be far more detailed and explain different ways to include prologues into your writing. A lot of these tips are things you may not necessarily think of, or maybe it’s something that you didn’t know. Pinterest is wonderful for that reason – you get to read a wealth of information from experts in their own fields and then can save it to a board for later reference.
Using Pinterest for writing motivation is another way I find the social media site extremely helpful. Sometimes, when the writer’s block has hit and you just need a pick-me-up, motivational quotes are the way to go. Or maybe you’re someone who needs a list of other books that have been published in your genre as a means to spur you on. Pinterest can help with this. Having a board completely dedicated to motivation is sometimes exactly what a writer needs to get going and pick up that pen, or put their hands on those keys again.
Again, these are just a few different ways Pinterest can help an author out in a more general writing fashion. I know there are many authors out there that also use Pinterest for marketing purposes – but since I don’t have any experience in that particular area, I think I’ll leave that for someone else to explain.
If you have any more suggestions or ways you use Pinterest to help out with writing, please feel free to add it into the comments section below. Differing opinions and ideas are always welcome – in no way to I pretend to know all.
And as always, keep writing everyone!
Alternately titled Why Pinterest May Be The Greatest Website For Writers: Part 2.
Guest post contributed by Teagan Berry. Teagan writes books, watches sports, and reads. She started her blog initially to beat writer’s block, but it’s turned into so much more.
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“I know there are many authors out there that also use Pinterest for marketing purposes – but since I don’t have any experience in that particular area, I think I’ll leave that for someone else to explain.”
General, off-the-top-of-my-head advice to writers on using Pinterest: Stay away from the group boards for book promotion unless you can see clear evidence that the moderator is active and deals with problems — spammers, in particular — promptly. Far too many group boards for authors, because the moderators ignore/abandon them, have been completely taken over by spam, and I don’t mean overzealous authors who post too frequently, because their pins are at least relevant to the boards’ purpose. No one is going to notice your book pins in the middle of hundreds (no, that’s no exaggeration) of spam pins per day, per spammer; a board that’s full of badly written “infographics” about the effects of duct-taping banana peel to your feel to make you smarter or whatever is NOT going to help you gain attention for your novels… It’s more effective to start your own board for self-promotion. What seems to work best (that I can tell) is to have a general board for books of the genre you write, and include pins for yours among the others. If you have a blog, pin links to some of your blog posts. SHARE pins of photos that remind you of your own stories, rather than keeping them all on a private board that only you can see; if someone finds your pin of a beautiful tropical beach because they’re looking for beach photos, but they see that it’s on a board for a work of fiction, that may gain attention FOR your work of fiction.
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Thanks for the heads up about spammers! I was going to join a group board, but I’ll think twice now.
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SOME of the group boards are good, but you should be careful. Pick ones that looks promising, and then follow them for a week or so to make sure they’re being moderated.
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Pinterest is great. I’m just resetting my business one up with different categories. Then i’ll do my author one. Fun times. Thanks for the great post.
That’s excellent advice. I myself use Pinterest a lot for ideas and prompts. Thanks for this
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Check out this helpful post from A Writer’s Path blog on what Pinterest can off you as a writer.
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Thanks for sharing!
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I post excerpts there and have over 600 followers just for those. It also gets posted on Book boards. It’s pretty cool. I recommend it just to get read because people will ask where can they read your book and I can direct them to the book blogs. 😌 And I also have inspired boards that inspire me as well.
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