I’ve always loved looking at pictures. When I was a kid, my mother got me these children’s books with classical art pieces in them. Long before I could read, books and art became closely intertwined in my mind. When I started write my own stories, it didn’t take long until I wanted to see physical representations of the words on the pages.
Fast-forward a decade or two, and enter the internet. What a wonderful source of information—and inspiration—this is! And if one is looking to browse pretty pictures to soak in some inspiration for one’s writing, there really is no place like Pinterest.
I tend to make an inspiration board for most of my writing projects at some point. For CEMETERY SHIFT, I wanted to emphasise a specific mood. As a result, the board has an eerie feeling—and, of course, features several graveyard sculptures and settings. Whenever I needed to invoke that particular state of mind, I would go back to look at the board.
The sum of those influences ended up manifesting in the book in a very tangible form.
THIS IS THE BOARD
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AND THIS IS THE BOOK COVER
Look familiar at all?
OTHER AUTHORS USING PINTEREST
In addition to using Pinterest to put together inspiration boards for my own writing, I follow a number of other authors who are doing the same. These are some of my favourites:
J.F. Penn—thriller author whose vivid settings are so deeply inspired it’s contagious.
Kara Jorgensen—delightful mix of paranormal, historical, and fantasy.
Jordan L. Hawk—wonderfully otherworldly.
Kate M. Colby—features a great mix of steampunk dystopia and writing tips!
OVER TO YOU
Do you use Pinterest too? Do you make your own boards, and what kind of things do you put on them? Feel free to share your board recommendations below! I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration and would love to add to my Pinterest feed.