Using Pinterest to expand your lists

Remember how I talked about the list making ideas from Couch to 80k boot camp here, and again here? Well, I’m going to talk about them again. This time with a twist.

When Tim talked about picking a protagonist and writing a list of things you might find in their bag, I had another lightbulb moment. Pinterest. It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, that I have Pinterest boards for writing. I have Pinterest boards for everything. What I didn’t have were boards for specific characters or settings in my work. I do now.

One, in particular, was a huge breakthrough moment for me. I’d been having so much trouble picturing how a key location in my BoK series looked. I had a vague notion, but vague notions are hard to write about. So I began searching Pinterest for a single vintage item I knew I wanted in the shop. I think I spent the next two hours pinning things and the next day I had a picture perfect image in my head of what that shop looked like. I knew all the items they’d find there.

I’d been blocked on that scene for months, dropping it, moving forward, coming back and still having no idea. In one sprint I was able to finish that scene with more detail than I’d initially planned and I felt blissfully free to move on. It also gave me some great ideas to tie in scenes with the other two books in the series.

Tracey Ambrose
"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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