So this week on Thursday’s Children I’m taking a less sentimental root.
I’ve got one word for you: Pinterest.
A couple of weeks ago I was having an email chat with my friend, ST Bende, when she says to me are you on Pinterest? I’m like, nah.
Of course, I’d heard of Pinterest. I knew that it was a place for sharing pictures but couldn’t really afford to spend more time on another social networking site. You guys know how it is. Social media = total time suck. But as I was having a rare ten seconds of nothing to do *shock horror* I thought I’d head on over and take a look. WOW. Just wow!
When I do research for characters, landscapes etc, I love looking at pictures. I spend hours trawling through Google images, looking for the right face, the right patch of land, the right bricks on the right buildings. The beauty of Pinterest is that you can pin people’s pictures to your own boards and then it’s right there to reference whenever you want. You can pin every picture you need to the same board so it’s all in one place.
Pictures is an obvious source of inspiration, but I wanted to right about Pinterest in particular because this week I’ve invented some amazing metaphors from the pictures I’ve seen. Crazy metaphors, the ones that teeter on the edge of obscure are my favorite thing. Think The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Some of the images are so detailed. It’s crazy how many shapes and colors you can see. Par exemple, I saw the hand of a giant reaching across the sky in a picture of clouds today.
The photographers on there are artsy types and like to mess around with color and composition, light and dark… and, you know, all those other things that shutterbugs do to make photos seem extraordinary. Honestly, if you haven’t been on there you should definitely check it out. You can build a board for your current book and start pining pictures for your next project.
And, because we as writers do like to submerge ourselves in fantasy, it’s also a great place to go and cast your movie 😉
PSA: Pinterest is a little bit of a time vortex. You could spend
hours weeks months years looking through pictures, but I do find when I’m on there and I’ve pinned pictures that I love, I’m hungry to start writing about them.