Pinterest sent me an email this morning announcing the launch of a new feature that makes it a more appealing tool for my writing, specifically when it comes to research. Until now, I’ve been hesitant to add images related to my novel (in eternal progress) to my existing Pinterest boards because I didn’t want them to become public. But now the site offers what it calls “secret boards.” According to the email:
Secret boards give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas, or even planning for a new baby.
For now, each Pinterest member will receive up to 3 secret boards. I plan to use them for characters, settings, and miscellaneous stuff. I’m a visual person and when I’m writing, the story comes to life in my head almost like a movie. So I find it helpful in my research to collect images that can enrich my descriptions of things such as clothing, buildings, facial features, or you name it. As a result, I think it makes my writing more authentic.
With these new secret boards I can quickly build a collection of images related to my book without worrying what others will think about them (and me) for adding them to Pinterest. I suppose you could argue that creating a public forum for your, shall we say, brainstorming repository could help generate interest in your forthcoming work, but my feeling is that can wait until after the book is done. It seems much more liberating to my creative side to add stuff without worrying about the judgments of others. I can always go back and cherry-pick the images I want to use to create some buzz.
So what do you think? Can Pinterest’s secret boards help your writing research? Should the research imagery for your writing remain a secret until the work is done or should you use it to generate some advance interest?
Better yet, what secret boards will you create for your writing?