Friday, August 22, 2014

Using Pinterest for character development

Using Pinterest for Character Development

When I write, I see the scenes unrolling as a movie in my head, with the characters moving and talking. If I can't picture something, I can't write it, to the point where I have to lay out the rooms, where the furniture is, the color of the rugs. Never mind that only a tiny fraction of this ends up in the novel. If I can't see my characters getting up from the dining table and marching the dirty dishes into the kitchen, I can't write it.

I started using Pinterest when working on a sci fi novel. I'd finally decided on the point-of-view characters, and, in an attempt to wrap my mind around them, went in search of visuals. This was my first multi-pov novel, and I was about to start the third major rewrite. I needed to get the four characters in the romance clear enough to hear their voices, see them move, and be able to work out the revision.

I started several Pinterest boards. The first was for clothing for the one female in the four-way romance. The previous versions of the novel had paid little attention to this character, and I needed to flesh her out. I found a website and searched for the tunics and pants to clothe her.  She ended up with elegant, flowing, fabrics in soft, glowing colors, and her voice came clear.

I still craved more images, so I started another board for actors I could cast to play my characters. After some searching, I settled on the actors I wanted.

I also started a board for images of the planet, many of them generated by me using GIMP, a freeware program something like photoshop.
Some people fill out character sheets. Me, I give my characters personality tests, find photos and clothing to bring them to life.


  1. When I wrote A Shadow in the Past, I had to design the rooms of Weetshill mansion in order to see the interior in my mind's eye. Only ever seeing the outside shell of the building I used, I was able to create the layout of the entire house. I did a lot of antique shopping online and got loads of pictures of furniture, dishes, fireplaces, cutlery, glassware... the list goes on and then I put the pieces into the individual rooms. It was time consuming but a lot of fun and I think it helped bring the mansion to life.

  2. Pinterest is an social media networking sites that is really good to showcase your business, career or other stuff, we also use it for sharing post of Epic research.