Using Pinterest to Inspire (and Get a Peek at 17 & GONE if You’re Curious!)

You may think I’ve found a new distraction to share with you (distraction no. 100? surely by now we’ve gone long past 100 distractions and are into the thousands). But no! Thanks to Kelly Jensen’s recent post on Stacked on “Books, Reading, and Pinterest,” I decided to give Pinterest a try. She sent me an invite and at first I added some books I like while I was taking a revision break to eat one day, and then I didn’t know what else to do, so I was about to close it and deal with it later after the revision. But then lo! I realized I could use Pinterest for inspirations.

Mainly: to inspire myself to keep my head in the writing.

Soon after, my 17 & Gone inspiration board was born (click the image to go to the board on Pinterest):

As I said there, it’s a collection of images that connect, however subtly, to the novel I’m revising now, 17 & Gone, which is due out from Dutton/Penguin in 2013. I haven’t said too much publicly about what this novel is about, and we haven’t released a summary yet. But if you’re curious? If you liked Imaginary Girls and you want to know what I’m doing next? That inspiration board will give you some hints.

Also on Pinterest, I have an Imaginary Girls board in time for the paperback release (and for a special thing I’m working on that I will tell you about when I can!), an inspiration board for the new novel proposal that’s almost done and it’s a secret except for what you see there, a board of Books That Made Me Who I Am, a board of Awesome Women, on which, of course, I have pinned my amazing mom along with authors and other women I find awe-inspiring, and more.

But for now, I’m opening up my board of 17 & Gone Inspirations and revising away. I’ve found it to be a wonderful trick to keep my head in the world of the novel 24/7, which, knowing what this novel is about, is probably a very creepy experience if you’re living with me right now (sorry, e).

So, yeah. Pinterest? Good for novelists, I say. Any other writers using it to inspire?ย 


  1. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard a lot about it and I seem to read another recommendation every day…so maybe I’ll give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Either way, it looks like fun, if not a little time consuming.

  2. I have half-heartedly been using Pinterest, not really seeing the value beyond yet another distraction but after reading this post I totally see the value especially if I focus it on my own writing and works-in-progress. Thank you!!!

  3. I have been using pinterest for uplifting motivational reminders, but recently started a board for my WIP. I think it is helping or at least a distraction that I can justify as helping ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve definitely been using it to inspire. I have boards for writing inspiration, future stories, and pretty much every WIP I have, in whatever stage. This means a board for my sister story, the story I’m currently writing a first draft of, and the book I’m (re)querying. I love it.

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