How to use Pinterest to Storyboard

I’ve talked about a few specific story ideas on here but I have so many ideas stuck inside my head that haven’t made it onto the blog.  Or only have a photo collage on my stories page. Each – not matter what stage of planning – has a Pinterest board:

Here are a few reasons why you should storyboard on Pinterest….

  • Aesthetic inspiration.  Lemme tell you, aesthetic boards are so pleasing ❤   If you’re not sure what you want to happen in the story or want a feel for how a certain location looks, make an aesthetic board. Set a mood. I recently created one for a coffee shop for one idea:


  • Characters. Finding characters is easy on Pinterest – people in fashion, makeup inspiration, actors, etc.  And don’t settle for just one reference! I went through several men before I found the perfect Hunter (that sounds more romantic than I intended haha).

PicMonkey Collage

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  • Scene ideas.  Between photos from movies and writing prompts floating around, scene ideas are endless.  You can also pin quotes that create a scene in your head. For example:


And thus was born the backstory to why Beau, a young soldier from The Davidson Effect, is not allowed to carry a weapon. Poor guy.

  • Shared authors. A fun thing about Pinterest boards – you can share boards with other pinners! When I was writing a script for a short that included every one of my friends and their siblings, I added each friend as an author.  I was able to see how they pictured their character and scenes they wanted to see in the script.  Very helpful if you have a writing buddy!
  • Frequent edits.  As the story changes,  I always go back and clean up my Pinterest boards. Make sure the pictures are still relevant to your story. Maybe I’m a little OCD, but I can’t stand boards that have over 300 pins….way too many to find inspiration.


  • New story ideas.  While you’re looking for that perfect character for Novel X, you may happen upon a quote that sparks a new idea.  This could be considered a downside to using Pinterest haha – you may find yourself adding LOTS and LOTS of new stories to your mental to-write list!  Come on, we all have one, don’t we?


So what are you waiting for? Go create a storyboard!  If you already have a few, it’s always fun to look through and see a visual representation of your future novel 😀

Do you use Pinterest for writing? What are your favorite things to look for – characters, quotes, scenes?


4 thoughts on “How to use Pinterest to Storyboard

  1. Victoria February 18, 2017 / 3:00 am

    I absolutely adore Pinterest, lol. I’m always making mood boards for my novels (some secret, some public) and I enjoy being able to say to my readers, “Hey check out the novel’s mood board”. It’s like an extra bit of the book for them to enjoy. 🙂


    • Madison Grace February 19, 2017 / 7:08 am

      Me too! It let’s them see how you see certain parts of the book and characters. The only bad part is getting stuck on Pinterest haha 🙂


  2. Abigayle Ellison February 8, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    YES! An entire post on Pinterest ^.^ I’ve been doing storyboards for a while, but I just recently made them public and about doubled my followers which was cool. The main thing I go on Pinterest to find is characters. Sometimes I can’t really envision their face until I find a face that represents them 😛 I’ve just gotten into doing more mood/aesthetic boards and that is so much fun! I could spend waaay too much time on Pinterest 😉 *goes to view all your boards*


    • maddycakes February 9, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      I debated whether or not to keep them secret too and finally decided on keeping the stories that probably won’t happen secret (don’t ask me why I don’t just delete them! :)) exactly!! Putting a face to the character makes it so much easier to describe expressions! Oh I already spend way too much time….haha


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