Using Pinterest to map out a story idea

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I love browsing through Pinterest. I can use it for a range of day dreaming, from renovating ideas to the home, or adding to my Live your dreams board, which reminds me of all the cool and fun things I want to experience in life. Recently, I wanted to start writing another fiction novel. To be honest though, I just couldn’t get started. I was too jittery. I write all the time, yet, writing another book, starting from scratch seemed a little, I don’t know … ?

So I went on Pinterest. For no particular reason. I typed in red haired woman and that is where my story brainstorming ideas began. I then created a board called, writing story idea. I started with the red head character and decided she would be a cool main character. Someone different. I then started thinking about other characters and as a romance writer, I didn’t want to jump straight to the leading man, because I am not sure (still not sure) if this will be a straight romance novel. (Although, I assure you, romance will be entwined).

So I did some more research on Pinterest. I love those women, who have the bouncy curly hair. So I typed it in, I found my main character’s overzealous best friend. Wonderful. I also found that by searching for multiple array of images for each character, I was able to get into what they look like. (Even though all the images for the specific character is different on my board, I needed to find the diversity from the way they looked, to their hair, their fashion and get a taste of what they look like, from a combination of photos).

It is very fun and interesting to create a story and creating a story board via Pinterest, where you have instant access to a range of images to get your creative juices going is a fun and important process. I even looked up possible scene locations, to help think about where they would be. I am a very visual person and to find images of places and surroundings that inspire me, helps!

Once I thought of some of the characters I would like to include, I also thought about what they enjoyed doing, what were their interests and hobbies.

Of course imagery is one thing, it is up to the author to try to brainstorm who is the lead and then how they are connected and form relationships with the other characters. In addition to, what is the story.

After my first character plotting, I was like, ‘this is fantastic, I am so thrilled to start this process.’ Then I realised, ‘oh no, I have no story. I have no idea what these characters will do?’

I did another session on Pinterest and while searching for more images to get my creative juices going, I discovered how I was going to get all these different characters together and the basis of the story.

I didn’t spend too much time either. Just two separate occassions on Pinterest. Possibly thirty minutes or less each time and in return I have the basis of my story created.

Have you ever tried this for story brainstorming? I would love to see your board!

Ideas for the look of my main character:

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