The Writer and Pinterest


A word of caution, Pinterest is addictive.  It can really cut into your writing time.  I know.  Here I am and I should be working on my WIP.

When I started using Pinterest it was a way to relax after work and look at eye candy.  Great pictures and pretty colors.  Kind of like jelly beans, fun but you can’t eat it for dinner.  Then I noticed pins related to writing.  Writing prompts, plot, characterization, etc..  I was amazed.  It had never occurred to me to pin articles about writing.  Now I have 414 (and counting) pins on writing.

As I continued to play, I came across boards that were obviously about characters or stories.  WOW.  I can  create a board that reflects certain characters and include articles or research that goes along with the story.

This board is about a character from one of my short stories.  She’s old and cranky.  Her one obsession, besides telling people how they are doing things wrong, is collecting porcelain houses.  I settled into my chair channeled my inner hag and created a board with things Ms. Stallworth would love.


Ms. Stallworth would never be on pinterest, heck she’d never use the internet.  But it was fun surfing the web looking for things that reflect her personality.

As mentioned above, I use Pinterest to contain research.  Recently, I researched gill nets, alligator meat, poisons from plants, and shot gun house floor plans.  I m still looking for a quick acting poison that causes vomiting but not death, but that’s another story.

This is a fun exercise after you know your character.  If you haven’t fully fleshed them out, I wouldn’t do this.  You run the risk of latching on to  a photo as inspiration, and it tends to limit your vision.  Pinterest, and Twitter, are the best tools in my procrastination arsenal, so beware.

If your main character was on Pinterest what would they pin?


Join me..

This is a quick note to let you know of upcoming events.

Kate Sparkes at Disregard the Prologue is having a party.  June 2, 2014 will be the day she reveals the cover of her new book Bound.

Make sure you check back here on June 2, to see the cover and more fun.  Then go to her site, facebook, and twitter.


Platform Update

I’ve been steadily working through Build your Author Platform.  I’m on page 115.  I’m skipping the chapter on Google+ for now.  Why?  Because I am totally lost on that.  Moving on…. I have joined twitter and created an author page on Facebook.  I’ve also joined an online writing group.  I don’t know if any of this will help or if it is way too early since I don’t have a published book.  We shall see.  You can catch me on facebook     on twitter I am @ckrich2 

I still can’t figure out how to get mail chimp on this site.  That’s my homework.

Rush on over to the links above and check it out.


Daddy’s Girl Weekend

I just returned from Daddy’s Girl Weekend.  It was a lot of fun.  I met several Guppies from the Birmingham group.  It was great being able to put a face with the names.  I met with an agent, she wants to read my book. (insert happy dance)  I also met Carolyn Haines, the author of Wishbones, she is a riot-very funny.  It was a great experience.