Pinterest has replaced my ubiquitous image boards. Besides using it to pin recipes, gardening tips, books, movies, and places I’d like to visit, I’ve discovered that it is fantastic place for pinning inspiration for a manuscript.

Yes, pick someone who resembles your main character and pin her to the board. Choose the other characters accordingly as well as the setting in all of its variables – after dark, in the fog and rain, etc.

Do they drive a vintage Aston Martin? Pin one to the board.

courtesy of Pinterest
courtesy of Pinterest

Drink martinis? Own an oyster bar?

courtesy of Pinterest
courtesy of Pinterest

Work out like a fiend? Find an image and upload or repin.

It’s such a fascinating way to see the manuscript taking shape visually. And if you are concerned about changes you might make or wanting to keep it quiet, just use the Secret Board.

That’s right, there is an option for pinning secret boards. Maybe you want to throw a surprise party for your spouse and some of your friends want to help with ideas. Invite them to post to the secret board. Only those you’ve included may see and share what’s there.

I think this is just genius. I bet you will too, especially if you are someone who clips articles for future reference or inspiration.

Are you using Pinterest? Have you used the Secret Board option?

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.