Pin-spiration for Writers

by Corina Koch MacLeod

@CKmacleodwriter

According to Forbes, Pinterest was one of the fastest growing social media platforms in 2012.

Image by Peter Alfred Hess (CC BY 2.0)Pinterest allows you to create online pin boards – not unlike the cork boards of yesteryear (minus the push pins and the terror of sticking yourself) – that enable you to collectorganize and store images that interest you. One writer recently described Pinterest as “my mom’s fridge door … gone online.” That says it just about perfectly.
Why is it so popular?
In a sea of words, a beautifully crafted image can be an island oasis. Images can convey a great deal of information with impressive economy, and arguably make welcome demands on our word-saturated brains. Where tweets are the shorthand of the blog form, a “pin” is a world of meaning at a glance.
How is it used?
Interior designers collect images of furniture, fabric, wallpaper and accessories that inspire them, authors gather images that elicit time and place of a published or current writing project, publishers create boards that feature book covers and images related to book themes, and artists showcase online “sketch” books.
Pinterest and writing?
As discussed in this post, writers are sometimes at a loss for what to write. Why not steal a trick from artists and designers and begin an inspiration board? As you collect images that inspiresurprise and yes, even disturb you, you’ll get a better sense of the inner workings of your writing brain.
Writers know that it’s easiest to write about what you care about, what excites you, what distresses you, what interests you and what you know. Gathering images that reflect these sentiments is one way of breaking past barriers to writing. It’s also a productive form of procrastination.
 Try this:
Set a timer for five minutes. Pin as many images as you can. At the end of five minutes, choose one image to focus on. Why did you choose that image? What does it make you think about or feel? Now write about it.

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