Pinterest - A Writer's Resource
Ever get stumped by how to describe something, need an idea or just have to get away from it all? I'd like to suggest Pinterest to you. Visually driven, Pinterest also connects to millions of ideas, articles, and lots of advice.
The great thing is, you can build your own reference files by "pinning" pictures to one of your "boards." By clicking on a picture you've saved, you are directed back to the original source of the item eliminating the need for an office full of filing cabinets. You create and organize your own Pinterest bulletin boards, as many as you like, when you need them. You can search for particular items and follow other pinners who share your interests. There are many writers pinning tips, as well as travelers, and other creative people.
Most Pinterest boards are "public" so others may view them, but you can also keep "secret" boards for yourself or only designated friends. As a writer, I find this particularly useful when doing research for a story. I can gather pictures of locations, buildings, faces, costumes, and items of interest and pin them to my secret board. Then I can refer back to them and haven't given anything away about my story before I'm ready. Once I publish, I can make my resource board public if I choose to do so.
Pinterest is a great research tool for writers!
P.S. Check out my Pinterest boards at Gail Ann Swales. I have 150 boards, over 25,000 pins and 1,600+ followers. My boards include six writing boards (including writing: blogs, characters, edits, encouragement, plots and professionally), six Sherlock boards and a scripture board with 1,800+ pins. I've been doing this for a while. Enjoy!