How Writers Can Use Pinterest

Every day, writers are finding more great ways to use Pinterest, the online scrapbook for organizing and saving ideas.

What?  You haven’t started yet?  You’re missing out on a fun and useful site.

Pinterest lets users save visual links to content on the web.  So, instead of bookmarking lots of sites for future reference, you can pin a photo from a website or blog post onto a board with a specific theme, like “writing prompts” or “writing tips.”   It’s a handy and easy tool for saving ideas.


Ways To Use Pinterest

Writers can use Pinterest for author platform, for purely selfish reasons, or both.  Here are some specific ideas:

  • Platform– Pin pictures from your blog posts as another way for people to find your content.  For example, I have a “New Words to Learn” board onto which I pin photos from my vocabulary posts.  WSS member Jeannine Everett has “The Moby Joe Café” board where she shares posts from her blog of the same name.
  • Interests– Pin links to photography, writing craft, the book business, etc.  Whatever interests you- and it doesn’t have to involve writing.  One of my favorite boards is “Recipes”.
  • Projects– Pin photos related to your various writing projects.  For example, information and ideas about setting, characters, or wardrobe.  You can save these pins on a secret board that only you can see.  When you publish your book/ poems/ stories, you can also publish your board, and let your readers enjoy the pins too.  Author Jody Hedlund has a board for each one of the novels she has written, as well as boards about books and reading in general.
  • Community Boards– You can use Pinterest to share collections of helpful pins/links.  Wordsmith Studio currently has ten boards. Here are a few.

Pinterest WSS board

WSS Author Platform– Links to help authors build a platform.

WSS Reading– Pins about the benefits of reading, suggested reading, etc.

WSS Café– A place to share ideas and inspirations.

WSS Writing Prompts– Ideas, images and prompts to warm up your daily writing habit.

*WSS Design Contest Ideas-(**new)  Pin photos that capture the essence of what WSS “looks like” and “feels like” to you. When we launch the design contest (very soon) we’ll have your thoughts and feelings to inspire the designers!

Have I convinced you that Pinterest is awesome?  Hope so!  Now, to get you started…

The Logistics of Pinning

Begin by setting up an individual Pinterest account.  You may have to submit a request or get an invitation and wait a few days.  The WSS WAG sent out invitations to pin on the WSS Boards to all WSS members who have submitted their Pinterest “handles”.  If you still need an invite, contact the WAG at

Then, start pinning!  There are three ways:

  1. Browse pins of those you follow, or search for specific topics and repin things you like.
  2. From the web, look for a “Pin It” button on noteworthy articles.  Or, download the “Pin It” bookmarklet .  Adding this function to your browser lets you pin whatever you want.  (*Note: You cannot pin from Facebook.)
  3. Upload pictures and pin them to your boards.  You won’t have a website link, but it’s still a great way to archive an idea.  For example, I pinned a picture of sparkly silver prom shoes to my novel board.

Note- whenever you “pin” you must choose a board to pin to; this helps keep everything organized.

To complete the Pinterest experience, get the mobile app.  This makes it really easy to pin photos (use your phone camera) and take ideas with you.  For example, if I pin a recipe to my board, I know I can always access it.

How do you like to use Pinterest?  If I missed anything, please share your comments below.  Also, if you have questions about Pinterest, I’ll be happy to field them! 

Happy Pinning!

For more info about Pinterest, see my blog post on Pinterest for Word Nerds.


6 comments for “How Writers Can Use Pinterest

  1. Heather Button
    August 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I use it both for writing, and for my other career, architecture. It’s the perfect medium to post pictures of beautiful buildings, especially falling under the themes I really love, like sustainability and healthcare.

  2. August 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I used it initially just for fun, but you’ve helped me see other ways to use it related to writing. Great post; thanks, Julia.

  3. Anonymous
    August 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for all the helpful information from someone just getting started on Pinterest.

  4. juliatomiak
    August 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I’m so glad you ladies found this piece helpful! Just let me know if you need more tips. I really enjoy Pinterest!

  5. August 17, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I love Pinterest! I was hesitant to join at first because I heard how addicting it can be, but now I find many of my new recipes there.
    Thanks for the great tips on how to use it.

  6. August 17, 2013 at 6:43 am

    still, I see it as a visual platform, mainly. and i see it as another great waste of time 🙂 we had better use for writing.

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