One of my new passions (and distractions) is Pinterest. Some people call it a virtual scrapbooking site—others say to think of it as virtual pinboard. I sort of think of it as somewhere in between. In any case I love it. A new statistic suggests that I’m not the only one: it just reached 11.7 million unique users.
As you go around the web, reading websites or blogs and if you see a picture of something you like, you can pin it to your board on Pinterest. I think a lot of people are using it to keep track of things they like and want to get back to someday. But it can be a mine of creativity for writers, artists, and other creatives.
One of my boards is titled Inspirations for SAFFRON NIGHTS. Some of the items I have pinned are a saffron market, a lovely copy of the Kama Sutra, and a gorgeous pink Indian room. Another board I’ve started is titled Sexy Food, which will be great fun to fill. Here’s a link to my page: http://pinterest.com/lizeverly/
Some writers are using it for inspiration—or a board to help them out during the writing process. Madeline Iva has a board called “Bridezilla—Grrr,” where she says “I’ve written an naughty little erotic romance called Be My Bridezilla. The inspiration for this heartfelt book is…everywhere!” If that doesn’t ignite your reader’s curiosity, what will?
Historical romance author Emery Lee has a board called “Historical Costumes, “which so fascinating to peruse. http://pinterest.com/authoremerylee/ And once again, it makes me want to look up her work.
Mary Burton, romantic suspense author, has a character board on which she imagines what actors would play her characters. http://pinterest.com/maryburtonbooks/characters/
Very cool. And I bet that’s a lot of fun for her. I might try that at some point.
Pinterest opens up a whole new of way communicating with our readers. I think of it as just another one of those social media elements to use (or not) that help communicate with readers. We all have to pick and choose which ones work for us—or not. I can’t get into Google + for example, and I’m not going to sweat it. But Pinterest? I love. I’ve even heard of people having parties for their characters on Pinterest. I’m not sure how that would work—but you know me, I’m always ready for a party, providing that I can wear my red shoes, of course.
Have you explored Pinterest? What do you think?