Writing with Pins

Laura Ayo

Over the past year, I have renovated three rooms and painted nearly all the walls in my home. I drew inspiration from the “visual discovery” platform Pinterest for paint colors, design ideas, organization tips, storage options, DIY projects and countless other concepts to spark my creativity. So, it isn’t surprising that I turn to Pinterest for valuable resources as a writer, as well.

I do a much better job of describing characters, settings and objects used in my stories when I can visualize them. So while I can picture my protagonist chasing an old lady through a sugarcane field in my mind, I can describe the red heels the old woman is wearing in more detail if I’m looking at a photograph of those heels. I can imagine how the wind moves the sugarcane stalks to and fro, but I use stronger adjectives when I watch a video of the sugarcane dancing in the field. Thanks to the internet, I have those resources at my fingertips. Pinterest allows me to create a board for each story I’m writing where I can store and revisit photos of those heels, pictures of the sugarcane and anything else that helps me bring my ideas to life on the page.

Numerous users have also pinned helpful info-graphics to help writers like me create stronger sentences.

Tired of using the word “says”? Here are 200 other options.

Looking for the right way to describe what your character is experiencing? This pin gives you 52 choices beyond the traditional five senses.

Need help writing body language? This pin is a great place to start.

I referenced this pin just this past weekend for help in describing a character’s voice.

And this chart has helped me write more authentic emotions for my characters.

While Pinterest is admittedly one of my top five procrastination tools, I don’t feel as guilty about it when I’m checking out pins that can potentially improve my writing, help me get past a block or just get me back in a good mood for when the writing isn’t going the way I like. I mean, what writer wouldn’t be motivated to return to the craft after seeing this, or this, or this?

The resources are plentiful, so share them with us. You might just inspire someone to finish that scene they’ve been struggling with or reach the point where they can write, “The End,” and start looking for agents and publishers. As you might expect, there are pins for that, too.


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