I am not a visual person. Ask me to describe something, and I’ll struggle to imagine what it looks like. I’ll get a blurry image, but there’s not much detail. There’s a much better chance I’ll have an emotional reaction, how I feel when I see a sunset, for example, than a clear picture of what one looks like.
This is a handicap when writing novels, to say the least. If I can’t see it and describe it, how are my readers going to know what it looks like? Fortunately, there’s the Internet. Google and I are great friends. But how do I remember what picture I was writing from later on?
If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, it’s a website where you can save pictures organized into “boards,” which are like bulletin boards. What’s on a board is up to you. You “pin” the picture to a board. If the board is public, other people can see it and pick the photos you’ve saved to pin to their own boards, and vice versa.
A long time ago, when I was first thinking of growing African violets, I started pinning pictures of varieties I liked. Just looking at this board makes me happy because African violets make me happy. (See? A feeling.)
I’ve got several other public boards, along with some “secret” ones that only I can see. Those are for more detailed book planning, with things I don’t want readers to know about… yet.
If you’ve got a few minutes, click over to my Pinterest page and take a look. You can also poke around other people’s boards and see what they’ve pinned. But fair warning: Pinterest can be addictive!