Ten Great Writing Resources on Pinterest
by Liv Rancourt
First of all, thanks so much for having me as your guest, Lynn!
I’m one of the thousands of Pinterest addicts out there, and over the last few months I’ve noticed something new. People are pinning more blog posts and articles about writing, which are both informative and inspiring.
As if I needed another excuse to hang out on Pinterest. Now I can say I’m LEARNING something!
I first joined Pinterest because I’d heard it could be a useful tool for organizing images for my various writing projects. Every book gets a board, plus I’ve got boards with people or locations that might inspire future projects. It’s also possible to use Pinterest for promotion, though I’ve never had any success with that angle.
But Pinterest-as-a-source-of-info is something new to me. Organizing pins about various aspects of writing craft is a little bit labor-intensive and the search function isn’t as specific as google, but it can still be useful. Just don’t do what I do. I save writing-related pins to my Cat in a Bag board, along with funny memes, inspiring quotes, and cat pictures.
Because that’s how my brain works.
For an example of an author who does Pinterest well, there’s Elizabeth Hoyt. She has boards for all her books, for her characters, and for her cover art. If you like her brand of down-to-earth historical romance – or if you just want to see how Pinterest could work for you – check her out.
To capitalize on what I’m calling a trend, here are half a dozen or so Pinterest boards &/or profiles that contain lots of solid information…
Amanda doesn’t have a bio on her profile, but her Write-On board has a range of pins covering all sorts of writing topics. Favorite link so far: Six Must-Listen Podcasts for Novelists, Screenwriters, and Storytellers.
Donna’s a writer, and many of her pins are lists or formatted with bullet points, which makes them quick and easy to read. Here are some of my favorites: Writing Dialogue: Fifty Things Your Characters Can Do While They Talk, An Illustrated Guide To Writing People Of Color, and How Much Time Has Passed In Your Story: How & Why To Keep Track.
Kristen | She’s Novel
Kristen is a writing teacher, and this link goes to her Pinterest profile rather than a specific board. (Because too many choices!) Her boards cover almost every aspect of writing fiction – writing craft, the business of writing, character inspiration, and character names. Go poke around! There’s lots to see!
The Big Kahuna of writing magazines has a substantial Pinterest presence as well. Most of their boards have only a few pins, but they have two group boards, with multiple contributors, that are worth following.
This is the Pinterest page for the blog Readers + Writers Journal, which is a handy resource for authors in the book-promotion trenches. Among their twenty boards are marketing ideas and writing tips, along with less-serious fare like their Famous People Reading board.
Book Review Sites and Libraries
Another writing-related angle on Pinterest comes from book reviewers and libraries. Following these boards will add must-read books and all kinds of historical tidbits to your stream.
Now, if you’ve still got energy for more exploring, check out this post from The Write Life: Twenty Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Writers. There’s lots of cool stuff!
For those of you who are already Pinterest-invested, I hope these links give you new ways to be inspired, and if you’ve been looking for a reason to join, do it! You might learn something! Thanks so much, and if you have any favorite writing-related Pinterest boards, leave a link in the comments.
Ronnie Durand is a country boy who transfers to the University of Washington after two years at Central. He'll have to give up playing football, though finishing his education at a major university in Seattle - and being out and proud without having to look over his shoulder - makes the sacrifice worthwhile.
But finding friends at a huge school is tough, especially when the hottest guy Ronnie meets makes him doubt his own sanity.
Sang's been on his own a long time. He's only a couple steps away from living on the street, and he's got dreams so big they don't leave space for a steady boyfriend. Then he meets Ronnie, who just might be strong enough to break through his barriers....as long as Sang lets him in on one big secret.
I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire … or sometimes demon … I lean more towards funny than angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the homestead with three ferrets. Who steal things. Because they’re brats.
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Happy Hump Day!
Today, I wanted to share something I learned about last week...
While I've been using the sheets for a few years for blog tour sign ups and all other sorts of spreadsheets, I hadn't browsed any further than what I'd needed.
Well. Enter some random marketing blog post in my inbox. Google Word Docs? Seriously?!? I jumped over to my Google Drive and what do you know...I could create a Word Doc to share with the world. I did a serious head desk.
Why was I SO thrilled? Because every time I make up a media kit for a new release and email it out, I have to update it a few times. No biggie, but when said doc has already been sent to blitz / tour hosts, I need to RESEND the stinkin' thing to every host. I also have to send out a separate mass email with purchase links once they're available.
Now, while this might not seem so big of a deal for a little old author like me with a half dozen or so releases each year, the 'REAL ME' also acts as the marketing director for Roane Publishing. Yeah. I send out a couple of these suckers a year to say the least.
Also, these docs are accessible to you regardless of being home on your PC or laptop. On vaca and someone needs your media kit ASAP?? Send them the link. Easy peasy. AND professional.
How 'bout you? Use Google Docs? Are they new to you?
Check them out...you'll be glad you did.
Anyone besides me have a kick ass weekend?
I got to head back west to my old stomping grounds...Pennsylvania! My oldest niece got married on Sunday, so I got to see a TON of family including my 3 rockin' brothers, their wives, and their slew of kids.
The wedding was awesome. Beautiful bride and all that good stuff. :)
The ride back to MA? Pretty durn good. All 3 of my kids behaved like angels. Go figure. Home by 4, unpacked by 5, ordered out for pizza, and called it a night.
But the best part of Sunday night? I had cover art for Tempered by Her (Zane Risso's story) AND edits for my Feb 2016 release, Finding Freedom, Found by Fate #2. Easy peasy.
And now Monday has arrived and the to-do list is a bit overwhelming. I FINALLY get to start NaNo - writing an historical romance under my real name for an upcoming anthology. At least I got some ideas down on paper during the ride home yesterday.
What'd you do this weekend? Anything fun? Exciting?
How's NaNo going?