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Team writing with Pinterest


Another post on writing with Pinterest.
Or, using Pinterest as a support for writers.
You can find my previous musings on this social network here.
But something new and fun emerged.

Pinterest is a great tool for writing with others.

I know I will have to use a character like her.

I know I will have to use a character like her.

Currently I’m sketching a project with two partners – we are throwing ideas around, taking notes, having lots of fun.
We do not know what shape our project will take – if a multi-author work, if a shared universe, or whatever.
We are separated by space, and we work online – we use chatrooms, mail, we exchange text files.

But a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s a lot easier to just upload a photo on a pinterest board, and say “I was thinking about something that looks like this,” and take it from there.
Opinions can be exchanged and supported by visual references.
“I think this would look better…”
Scenes can be set by posting different pictures of the same place, the same building.
Atmosphere can be set by sharing pictures, or movie clips, or music.

The collection of visual references and other stuff can be kept private – setting up a secret board- and can be later re-used as a reference for cover art, or whatever.

And when everything’s ready, a part of the material can be made public, as a way to promote the finished work.

Also, the Pinterest community has collected such a huge mass of references, that a simple in-network search can lead to dozens of useful pictures and informations.
Including historical and anthropological details, fashion details, ethnic recipes…

So you can actually build a scene using pins – my character is here, she’s wearing this, and she’ll drink one of these
It can turn teamwork into a sort of game – each one contributing some elements and filing them on Pinterest.

The downside – Pinning can become the main activity of the team. There’s a moment when you must stop collecting visual references, and start writing.

But right now, this is turning out to be a colossal tool.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Team writing with Pinterest

  1. Words can be misleading–we can debate for hours, and think we have the same idea …
    By comparing pictures, we realize how differently our imaginations work.


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