Using Pinterest to create stunning, mood-setting storyboards.

This is my Pinterest board for Bewilderments of the Eyes. I didn’t create it until after Bewilderments had been written and through a couple of drafts. Even after I did create it, I had to go in and delete pins and find new ones after I changed major plot points in the story.

Whenever I got stuck with Bewilderments or just needed a little help getting my head back into that story, I’d scroll through my Pinterest storyboard and always end up flipping through the related pins and expanding my excitement for the story. Honestly, I can blow hours on Pinterest. It’s not exactly conducive to productivity and actual writing time, but it does wonders for the spirit!


There are so many ways to do Pinterest storyboards. Mine is kind of a mess-relevant photos pinned in whatever order I found them. Some people create stunning, chronological timelines of their novels, creating a visual story. Others create character profiles, and put together a board for each character. And, Pinterest storyboards work both internally and externally. They inspire the author and help the story get written, but they also help to create hype for your novel and get your readers excited! Pinterest is the first place I go for inspiration and advice on everything, including what books to read next, and with the various bookworm boards and groups on the site I know I’m not the only one.

Here are some tips for approaching Pinterest storyboards:

  • Setting: Where does your story take place? Search for images that’ll get you inside the scene. Think broadly, but also specifically-In what state does your story take place? Where within thatf97b8c96e9ece42da5bd7e744dd261c7 state is your story centered? The largest city or the smallest town? Isolated in the woods? Do your characters live in an extravagant mansion, or a barely held together shack? If your setting is fictional, search for pins of places that you’re drawing inspiration from. Are there specific places within your setting your characters frequent? Coffee shops, a particular hill or river bank? Does your setting transition over time? Try ordering your photos sequentially, so that you can see the transformation your characters will.
  • Characters: With movies, the actors portraying a roll are our visual. When a book is
    adapted into a movie, itbecomes difficult not to picture the actors portraying the characters 77ce364210f088e00a9bfa898cfd91ffwhenever we read the book. Emma Watson will forever be Hermione Granger. There is no way around seeing her face, or Daniel Radcliffe’s or Rupert Grint’s when thinking about Harry Potter. When it comes to your storyboard, try considering who you would want to play your characters if it were a movie. You’d be surprised how specific you can get with Pinterest; I literally typed in  “blue eyes, freckles, brunette” and found dozens of inspiration for my main character. When searching for character inspiration, think about hair color, height, body shape, facial expressions (is your character the mischievous type? Sullen? Perky?), eye color, style choices, etc.
  • Occupations and hobbies: What does your character spend all of their time doing, or aspiring to do? What are their goals, dreams, desires? What do they love? Are they film obsessed, book worms, photographers, marathon runners, vegetarian, heavily political, dog lovers or crazy cat people, loners or the center of attention? f4006f742c9b99b84a93416be706c979 6b11f5b6e910bde91ea39ce18dad132eAre they in school? Do they have a job that they love, or a job that they hate and are putting up with until the next best thing comes along?
  • Quotes, wording, themes: What is the tone of your story? What is the message? Does your story begin very somber and pessimistic, but become a tale of hope and perseverance? There are endless quotes, typography, and even drawings on Pinterest that can serve to illustrate your motifs and themes. Is your novel a love story? Well, what kind of love story is it? Because Pinterest 2cf435ad5fb175e8659b8d39a41ca6d7 has it all: platonic, hopeful, romantic, unrequited, soul mates, love at first sight, lost love, obsessive love, familial love, you name it. Do you utilize a symbol or motif? Just search it, and Pinterest
    will give you more options than you originally even considered. Sometimes even color pallets or songs can put you in the right mood and spark your creativity: search for moods. Try typing something like “soothing color palette”, “ocean color palette”, “hopeful songs”, or “anxious songs”. Even if Pinterest can’t directly offer you an option, more often than not it’ll direct you to a site that can.

Got a Pinterest storyboard you’d like to share? Link me in the comments so I can check it out for myself and share my favorites in a future post!

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