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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Friday, April 6, 2012

Newfangled Tech for Olde Fashioned Whatnot

First of all, I hope everyone is in the midst of a Holy Week and Good Friday of reflection and realization ~ may the Lord shed His light upon you! (Now on with the post.)


I confess it: I'm organizationally challenged. This would come as no surprise to anyone who had stepped foot in my humble abode. And if one were to look at my desk, that piece of furniture which ought to be the center of my professional world, one would find books on historic Annapolis shoved on top of books about the Mafia in Chicago, print-outs on 18th century fashion sharing space with forms from the Board of Education for home schooling. My daughter's school books--same shelf as my prayer journals.

My computer is a bit more organized, with folders for my complete manuscripts, my works-in-progress, my ideas. Folders for research, folders with links and files and notes. But still, images always gave me trouble--they don't always paste well into a document, after all, and who wants to fill up their hard drive with them? Yet they're an incredible inspiration while writing, and are often a huge help to the staff at a publishing house when it comes time for cover design--I in fact just got an email from my editor saying she'd passed the link to the cover designers, and they were glad to have all the images to reference.

And so, when friends turned me on to Pinterest, I slowly got an idea of how this newfangled site could help me with my old-fashioned needs. For those who may not know, Pinterest is an online bulletin board, basically. You can download their app to your computer so that whenever you're on a website and see an image you want to bookmark, you push their "pin it" button and post to one of your bulletin boards. Then, voila! Whenever you need to remember that image, there it is, handily linked back to the site from which you found it.

Now allow me to say now that I don't use Pinterest as a social networking site, though some do--to me, it's a way to gather my visual research and make it available to whomever may be interested in viewing it. And I'm certainly not the first Quiller to put it to such use! I invite everyone to check out Laura Frantz's beautiful boards; they have lovely images of books and things featured in her fabulous stories.

So when I find that perfect gown for my heroine to wear . . . I pin it.

When I find that perfect actor to play my hero . . . I pin it.

When I find an image of how invisible ink looks once developed . . . you guessed it--I pin it. =)

For someone who writes almost exclusively in the past, who gets used to thinking in terms of no electricity, slow communication, and having to redip one's pen every few words, it's sometimes strange to think of how to use technology both old and new to bring my stories to life and make my writing easier.

But I'm having fun with it. And whenever I feel lacking of inspiration, I can now hop over to my Pinterest page and see what inspired me to begin with.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks Roseanna. I slowly dip my toes into new technology, often concerned that I'll sign up for something, and regret it later. Your post gives insight into this new tool.

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    1. I'm often slow to sign up for new things too, Janet. =) But this I have actually found to be *useful*, which puts it in a category all its own, LOL.

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  2. I love Pinterest. I put it off for awhile thinking it would be another thing to handle online. But I have found it very relaxing. When I find a photo online I can pin it to one of my boards, and I've enjoyed seeing my writer friends' boards, like Roseanna's and Laura's.

    Here's the link to mine. http://pinterest.com/ritagerlach/

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    1. I enjoyed looking at yours, too, Rita. =)

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  3. I have heard quite a bit about Pinterest but have not really messed with it.
    I know how things can become unorganized so quickly!! Especially with homeschooling. Textbooks and papers and workbooks and library books and teacher guides just pile up so fast!!
    However, I must admit to liking to organize it. I love taking the disasterous, unorganized mess and turning it into neat stacks or clean organized space with everything in it's place.
    Thank you for sharing!! I always look forward to your posts! (I was glad to see a new CQ post, very glad once I realized it was your post.)

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    1. I like for such organization to happen but so seldom find the time to do it, LOL. Thanks, 4readin!!

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  4. Hmmm... I have a friend who uses Pinterest, but I never thought of it as an organizational tool for my writing. Thank you for the heads up. I may have to look into it.

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    1. I had resisted it for a good while when I thought of it as another social networking tool, Judith. But once I realized I could use it for my own organization, I decided it was my new best friend. =) Especially when the folks at Harvest House said they appreciated it!

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  5. I just signed up for Pinterest last night :) And yes, it is a great place to organize your "thoughts" and images. I love it!
    Also, if you are writing a book with a character that looks like Chris Hemsworth, I definitely want to read it lol.

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    1. You made me giggle, Sarah. ;-) Isn't he dreamy? Just imagine him in a tricorn hat and bumbling his speech around girls, LOL.

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    2. Aww that's even better! Haha :)

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  6. Sorry I'm late checking in, everyone--crazy busy weekend, which I'm sure comes as no surprise. ;-)

    Glad you guys enjoyed the post, especially those for whom it's a new way to look at Pinterest. =)

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