Recently, I made my The Book Book Pinterest board temporarily public (seriously, go check it out! over 500 pins on this story-board) and I realized I never did a blog post talking about my most important Pinterest board for writing and story-board-ing:
This board has become a staple of my process, now containing over 1,500 pins. I use this board in a variety of ways, but I will first talk about what I pin here. The board description says,
Inspiration/Emotion/Narrative Visuals. Images to use for building novel/story boards, to express the emotional or mental state of characters, to explore relationships, to establish tone, to visualize moments, and to inspire themes.
To break it down, I pin any image that…
- Evokes of a smell or a sound or a feeling (texture)
- Captures the feeling of abstract emotions, such as Joy, Sadness, Loneliness, Freedom, etc.
- Visualizes a moment, such as a hug between friends, running from danger, a first kiss, etc.
- Expresses character, often times these are more abstract images, animals, or artistic images that could represent personalities
- Represents a tone, such as dark and gritty, light and ethereal, adventurous and inspiring
- Is just generally inspiring
When working on a story board, such as The Book Book board, these pins are the backbone of it. Sure, I will pin world-building elements that give a very specific look to things, but those are usually only material images. Images from the Something Else board really help me to develop and understand my characters and story better.
Rosi Kallard, the FMC of the Book Book, for instance, has a variety of images to describe her: