I must confess I am finding it hard to decide what I should talk about in the blog, not because I have a lack of ideas, instead it is the abundance of them! I had another post scheduled for this week, but that will have to wait because I have fallen in love… with Pinterest. I had never used it before, despite my friend’s encouragements to do so and now that I have, I am extremely happy I found it. It is such a useful tool and has so much information on every topic imaginable, it is wonderful. For a writer, I believe that you must do research for your book and being a law student, I am no stranger to research. However, until I found Pinterest I never realised what my research skills were missing and that was the fundamental aspect of visualisation.
Another fantastic element, is that Pinterest and the users on it, have effectively completed half the research task for you. When you do research for your book, you have to have the best of both worlds to obtain full knowledge and by that I mean is you need words, as well as images. It is your responsibility to find the words to satisfy the fundamentals and Pinterest provides you with the pictures to back it up. Instead of you scouring the internet for hours to find images to help you, all the images you could need is already waiting for you to pin to a board. It will save both time and effort on your part, as well as provide lots of options for your inspiration board.
At the moment, I have been struggling to type out a chapter where my hero comes back home to his to his castle after a long time at war, and soon a battle will take place on the streets of the citadel, as well inside the keep itself. I was writing it out and constantly stopping due to the fact that I could not visualise it in my mind. Where are the troops positioned? Where is this and where is that? I realised that I probably needed to do some research for this.
I know you writers out there would be looking at this and face palming yourself at my stupidity. Believe me, I know. I should have done all this before I started writing. However, I started this book years ago and only wrote when I felt like it. I was never really serious about finishing it or doing it properly. When I began to be serious, I had already done so much of it that still I am reluctant to stop. So I research and write at the same time. With my next novel I will do things differently.
I decided to look up castles and citadels to help me figure out the technicalities and my hero’s military strategy. What I found was an abundance of websites and eBooks about the types of castles and how they were structured. This helped me greatly and solidified in my mind the exterior world my characters live in. However, it struck me as to the absolute lack of information regarding the interior design. Yes, it said that they typically look like this and sometimes they had that, but I couldn’t visualise it. There is always pictures of the outside of castles and how cities are laid out. But, on the inside there was barely anything, at least, not in one location. I couldn’t find one website that told me everything I needed to know, so I decided to make my own which I will share next week in The Library. So then amidst my search I saw a link to Pinterest and out of curiosity- as I have never been on Pinterest or even knew was it was- I clicked on it. My God, I fell in love within an instant. It had EVERYTHING I needed and wanted to know! It showed me and taught me more than only old barren website ever did. It gave me a living breathing version of events.
I know you must be thinking that there is no way that these castles interiors would be the same after so long. But, believe me when I say that they are extremely similar in style and stay true to everything my research has taught me. If you are interested in this type of research and of European castles in particular follow me on Pinterest, I have a board dedicated to it!
It is not only good for castle research, but you can use it as inspiration for places in your story. I am also using it as inspiration of what my characters wear! You should take a look at my board for female fantasy characters fashion! Ah, I cannot tell you enough how much I love Pinterest, but I think you get the drift. As my research grows and my stories evolve I will definitely be using it. Pinterest is filled with the jewels of people’s imaginations and people’s imaginations are endless. We should all feed of each other.
I want to know what you all think of Pinterest. Do you use it? How do you find it? If you don’t use it at the moment, do you think that you will start? Believe me you won’t be disappointed!