Using Pinterest for Story Ideas

Welcome to Motivational Monday

This is a new feature for writers visiting my website, and I hope you enjoy it.  (Feel free to suggest topics you’d like to see addressed, and I’ll do my best to cover them.)

Today I’d like to talk about Pinterest.  If you’ve never gone to their site, you’re in for an addictive treat!

Type “ideas for mystery writers” into their search engine, and you’ll see loads of posts about plots.  Type in “cozy mysteries” and you’ll see boards filled with book covers.  The pictures on them can start your imagination going like crazy, or use an existing title to spark an idea for a story.  Type “prompts for mystery writers,” or whatever genre you’re interested in.  Talk about idea generators!

Pinterest has pictures of scenery–from mountain cabins to futuristic planets to fairy gardens.  Want pictures of characters?  Type in “women in their 60 s,” or “men in their 40 s,” or whatever you need.  Most pictures will be of famous people, but that will still help you write your descriptions.

When I was toying with a new series, called Mixed-Up Mysteries, where a young woman owned a kitschy kitchen gadget store, I typed in a few variations on the theme and got some wonderful, old-time kitchen pictures.  I could see what types of gadgets would need to be included in her shop, and it gave me a clear picture of what the entire shop might look like.

Pinterest is a super source to spur you on with ideas, writers’ blogs, reference items, etc.  Have fun with it, but DO YOUR DAILY WRITING FIRST, or you’ll never get your work done.  It’s that addictive!

Happy Reading and Writing to you all,


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