Today, Sarah Belliston is talking about what’s Pinteresting in the book world.
You may or may not have noticed, but Sarah and I share a last name. That’s because we married brothers. Back when I finished the first draft of Sadie, I still hadn’t told anyone I’d written a book. It took weeks to tell my own husband. Lame, right? Well, my wonderful sister-in-law, Sarah, graduated with an English major. She loved books, both reading and writing, so she was the second person I told.
You know what? She didn’t laugh in my face. Bonus #1. Then she said she wanted to read it. Bonus #2. She promised to give me honest feedback. Bonus #3. And when she came back a few days later and really liked it, that was a huge bonus #4. Very huge.
Had she not seen my potential as an author, I don’t think I would have given my book to another soul. I would have chalked it up as another of my crazy ideas. But she had faith in me — even more than I had in myself. So . . . I owe her a lot.
Sarah and I have been writing buddies for five years now. She’s put up with my roller-coaster, new author venting. Poor girl. Funny enough, she and I look more alike and have more in common than the brothers we married. We’ve been mistaken for sisters before, which is fine by me. I love her. She’s awesome!
So, I’ll quit talking now and let her take over.
Sarah Belliston: Pinterest for Authors, or in other words, Going Down the Rabbit Hole
Pinterest was made famous by crafters and DIY’ers pinning projects to a board that showed images instead of links, so you could visually remember what you were going to do to your house, garden, clothes, and children.
Then others started finding Pinterest, designers pinning their inspiration boards, artists collecting their background works, and people in need of laughter collecting memes about angry cats and people with braces.
When I write books, I like to watch the scene play out in my mind before I ever type a single word. Expressions. Curtains. Clothing. Sunlight. I see it all–or if I can’t, I daydream away until I have it.
Then I write.
Often I’ll go looking on the internet for photos that capture the mood, feel, or character I’m looking for. Those are the fun days. Guess what. Today is one of those days. :)
I’ve placed a few of my favorite pictures on a new Pinterest board I’ve created for Augustina, sequel to Sadie. Pinterest was created for visual people. I love it!
Check out Augustina’s board here for a sneak peek of what’s coming.
I’ll definitely be adding pictures as I finish up the novel.
For now, I have to say, I’m loving where Sadie’s story goes. I know, I know. I’m the author. I’m supposed to be in charge of where the story goes, right?
I make outlines and plot like crazy, yet sometimes the characters take over. They do what they’re gonna do, and occasionally that’s in direct opposition to what I want them to do. It’s like Frankenstein. I might be the mastermind of the creation, but once it comes to life, it has a mind of its own.
Thankfully, I like where Sadie headed. She’s awesome!
(Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m insane. She’s not real. She’s not real! Keep telling me that.)
I still feel horribly guilty for all the garbage I’ve thrown Sadie’s way. She comes to a dark place in her mind in book 2. It was hard to write it–very hard to let her hurt inside so badly. I think one of the biggest mistakes authors make is protecting their characters. I knew this going into the book, yet I still wanted to protect her emotionally. But that’s not life. In fact, that’s not even good fiction. The best stories are about people who hit bottom and rise to the top. I’m hoping that you as a reader will hang in there with Sadie. She goes pretty low. Hopefully you’ll forgive me for it. She has. And she comes through it stronger and better for it. I think.
(Yep. You’re ready to call the insane asylum on me. I know it. Well, you can’t call until I finish the book. Sorry. After that, go ahead. Quite frankly, I could use a break. If it makes you less worried, I’m laughing as I type. Or does that worry you more? It’s like Shannon Hale says, “Becoming a writer sounds more like a mental illness than a professional choice.” So, so true.Oh man. I need more sleep. Okay. Take a breath. Now I’m ready. *putting professional hat back on*)
The first book took place near Whitefish, Montana.
My husband and I visited Whitefish (near Kalispell) awhile back, and I fell in love with the area. It’s so gorgeous with its crisp mountain air, unending pines, and amazingly blue skies.
One of the things you’ll notice in the Pinterest board are a lot of pictures of Tennessee. Not Montana. That’s ’cause book 2 takes a turn. A turn southeast.
Back in ’04, my husband and I took our three (at the time) kids, and traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee.
We went to watch the filming of my dad’s movie, The Work and the Glory, which was filmed close to Knoxville. What an experience that was–one for another post. But here are a few pics:
In a few short days, I fell in love with Tennessee. It’s so picturesque. We spent a morning in the Smoky Mountains hiking and exploring waterfalls. Gorgeous. And the people were so open and friendly. Very welcoming. Very southern. If Sadie and Josh couldn’t be in Montana, it only seemed fair to send them somewhere just as amazing.
Side note: spelling Tennessee over and over and over again has been the bane of my existence this last year. For the life of me, I can’t get it right. Is it two ‘E’s or two ‘S’s, or both, or neither? And what about the ‘N’s? Ugh. What would I do without spell check?
Alright. Enough rambling. This was supposed to be a quick post. Of course they all start that way in my mind: “Oh, I know. I’ll just write a quick post about…” 1,000 words later. Ugh. Sorry. :)
Check out Augustina on Pinterest here, and tell me what you think. Hopefully, I’ll have a release date for it soon!!!
A few months ago I asked what all of you thought about Pinterest and whether it’s worth the hype–especially for a craft-challenged person like myself. Since then, I’ve found a way to enjoy Pinterest. I’m probably breaking rules and using it for things it wasn’t intended, but according to the hubs, I’m a rule breaker anyway. It’s been fun (Pinterest, not rule-breaking).
Last night I got an idea (stole) from another author to pin pictures or images from your book. Obviously these aren’t exact images from the book since none were taken. Rather these images convey the feeling of a scene, or outfit, or whatever. When I’m working on a book, I often go looking for pictures first and have that picture in mind when I write a scene. I’m a visual person so it works. As such, I’ve collected A LOT of pictures from Sadie. I only put a few up on Pinterest (believe me, there were a lot more), but it was fun reliving the memories. Someday I might get daring and put up characters. For now, it’s mostly scenes. :)
You can check out the images (and even a song or two) on my Sadie Pinterest board here. Follow if you like, since I’m sure I’ll be adding more.
Do you like Pinterest? Are you using it for things other than cooking, crafty, hair/clothes, decorating stuff? If so, I’d love more ideas. (Does it bug you when people like me use it for other things?)
First and foremost. I joined Pinterest. Yes, I know. Very funny. The craft-challenged, recipe-challenged, fluffy-cute-stuff-challenged person like me. I had enough friends who love it that I thought I’d give it a shot. A quick trial run. I have pinned one thing: Sadie, so I’m pretty sure that makes me not only lame, but dumb as well. But that’s okay, because I am more than willing to be the first person to laugh at myself.
But the thing that got the biggest laugh from me though, was seeing the nine of us (including my two nephews) sitting the computer for family night, watching silly youtube videos. Here were our two favorite.
Even as I type this, my kids are gathered around, watching the clips again. :) It’s a snow day so I should probably go be a parent. Enjoy.
What made you laugh this week? Any favorite youtube videos I can show my kids?
Okay. What’s the deal with Pinterest? I’m seeing it everywhere and I don’t get it. Why does everyone love it? I’m not being adversarial, I’m truly curious. I’ve been on it once or twice and I guess I haven’t caught the vision. What am I missing here? Is it because I’m clueless? Not crafty enough? Not intelligent enough? What? Or are there others out there like me who are Un-Pinterested? (Wow, I’ve set myself up for some snarky comments. Please be kind. I just want to know why you love Pinterest.)