In praise of … Pinterest

Writing’s a funny thing.

Sometimes I can do it anywhere; whatever’s happening, whoever’s watching. Other times I have to work hard to get in the mood; privacy, glass of wine, bit of fantasy – you know the drill. That’s when I’ll browse Spotify and open up my Pinterest boards.

My Spotify requirements are quite specific and I will album-hop until I find exactly the right music. Often a film or tv soundtrack provides a pleasantly ubiquitous background but on other occasions I need something more particular; Parisian cafe, maybe, or sleazy jazz or stirring martial.

My Pinterest boards are much less orderly. I have four writing boards (all private): Places, Characters, Happenings and Mood. Each one is a jumble of images “pinned” from virtual and real-life sources including hundreds of iPhone snaps of book and magazine illustrations, paintings, views and objects. In the last 24 hours I have added an Impressionist painting  from Twitter and my own photos of the Palm House in Kew Gardens, a London street and the front cover of a 1908 contraceptive catalogue.

Using the Pinterest mobile app I can see something that stirs my imagination or captures a thought and link it to one of my four boards direct from my phone; to my mind, the perfect synergy between art and technology.

Pinterest and Copyright

About Hannah

Author of literary historical fiction set in the First World War. Revising my first book, writing the next, seeking representation. Mountaineer, gardener, traveller, off-road runner. Africa, modern history, coffee, roses, and unrealistic romance. NHS midwife in a former life.
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