I’m not sure if Pinterest is as hot as it used to be, or if it’s now more for those supermoms who I’m constantly in awe for pulling together the perfect kid’s birthday party. I use it now mostly to come up with ideas for haircuts and easy dinner recipes.
Pinterest is still the best tool I know for creating vision boards for any particular topic, and in this case, book inspiration.
It’s so important to be able to describe something in a way for readers to visualize and lose themselves in a scene. That’s why pictures like these are helpful because you can add little details like a nose ring or a freckle to your descriptions to make your characters come to life. Using someone from real life is helpful, too, but remember to be nice!
My Book Inspo board includes pictures of what I envision the characters to look like and the fashion they wear. For example, here’s my vision of the main character of my current work-in-progress, socialite Brit Byers.
Brit is a fashionista, and I have a lot of fun planning her outfits, which are normally devoid of color but overflowing with personality:
Then there’s the up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Daisy Song.
And finally, a chic and elegant wedding scene for later in the book (No spoilers—it’s Brit’s sister who’s engaged, not Brit.)
I’d love to know, what tools do you use when planning books or other projects? Does Pinterest work for you?