There are a bunch of social media platforms out there and it is unrealistic to think that you are going to be able to keep an active presence on all of them. So, the only other option is to pick a few platforms and try to do those platforms well. People always think of the big platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but I think writers should consider making Pinterest one of the platforms they devote time to.
Pinterest definitely wasn't one of the first platforms that I set up, but it is one that I have enjoyed getting into. Pinterest is definitely more than just recipes and DIY projects, there is a wealth of resources for writers that can both help to improve your writing and your author platform.
- Mood Boards -
Many writers, even if they don't have an official Pinterest for their writing, use their personal Pinterest accounts to make mood boards or aesthetics for their WIPs. These boards are a great way to get inspired and set a tone for your writing. If you aren't familiar with the concept, I have a post on Pinterest aesthetics.
- Novel Writing Tips -
There is a large community of writers already on Pinterest and many of them have already shared tons of writing advice. I have found some great blog posts and articles full of advice on everything from plotting, to developing well-rounded characters, to editing your drafts. If you are looking to improve your writing, Pinterest is an excellent source for finding tips and tricks from other writers.
- Inspiration and Writing Prompts -
In addition to writing advice, many writers create public boards full of things meant to inspire other writers. Some have boards just full of landscape photos to serve as setting inspiration or pictures of people to inspire characters, others post writing prompts that can help spark your writing when you are stuck in a slump. Whether you are looking to plan a new project or renew interest in something you are already working on, check out other writers' inspiration boards.
- Blogging and Author Platforms -
Finally, if you are looking to set up an author platform, Pinterest is a great place both to find tips on how to set up an effective online presence and grow your audience. There are plenty of articles on how to write good blog posts or how to use social media effectively that can help new authors looking to set up their platforms. If you are already blogging, Pinterest can be a great way to get your work out there for others to see.
In summary, you can use Pinterest to make mood boards, gather inspiration, and get writing advice, but you can also use it to promote your own writing. If Pinterest isn't for you, that's fine too! But if you haven't taken the time to check out what it can offer for writers, I urge you to take a little time to explore it.