Guilt-free procrastination

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Now, we all know how much fun I have finding things I can use as aids to procrastination. I have been known to count the grains of salt on my chips rather than apply my bottom to the chair and get on with writing so when I heard of Pinterest, I wanted in. What fun I could have, trawling the interwebz, looking for cute puppies and fluffy kittens to add to my virtual pin boards. I could even organise all these cute pictures into separate boards: a board for puppies, one for kittens, a small, fluffy and cute collection – the hours I could envisage spending with my new hobby!

And then the little Angel Nettie on my right shoulder cleared her throat and interrupted Devil Nettie’s flow.

“You could always use Pinterest to collect images and inspiration for your WIP.”

“Don’t listen,” said Devil Nettie, digging her heels into my left shoulder. “Think of the puppies!”

“I’m not suggesting you never look at puppies. But you might just have some fun finding images of the characters you should be writing about.” Angel Nettie stroked my hair.”You might enjoy finding pictures of where they live, what the classroom looks like, the sofas they sit onto watch TV.”

Wait a minute, I can have fun using Pinterest AND still class it as research for my novel? I was hooked.

And while I spend time looking for images of my characters and their lives, I am thinking about them, mulling over their conflicts and desires and  working out plot points.

Guilt-free procrastination. To pin is to win!

If you would like an invitation to join the Pinning community, leave your email addy in the comments or write to me using the contact form. You can also just apply to go onto the Pinterest waiting list. www.pinterest.com. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to, my user name is NettieWriter.
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14 Comments

  1. joannacannon
    Feb 5, 2012

    I do love Devil Nettie, I do.

    I daren’t join Pinterest (I just daren’t), but it does sound like heaps of fun!

  2. joannacannon
    Feb 5, 2012

    I do love Devil Nettie, I do.

    I daren’t join Pinterest (I just daren’t), but it does sound like heaps of fun!

  3. Gill Fraser Lee
    Feb 5, 2012

    I’m with Jo, Devil Nettie rocks 😉 I daren’t take on another distraction/obsession, but I might well pop by to look at what you’ve been up to 🙂

  4. Gill Fraser Lee
    Feb 5, 2012

    I’m with Jo, Devil Nettie rocks 😉 I daren’t take on another distraction/obsession, but I might well pop by to look at what you’ve been up to 🙂

  5. Emma Pass
    Feb 5, 2012

    Your boards look fab, Nettie! I love your photos (as always) and I *highly* approve of Sean Bently looking like James McAvoy. 😉

    I’ve been umming and aah-ing about Pinterest for a few weeks now. I guess if it counts as research, it can’t hurt, right? I think you already have my email address (although if it’s gone awol let me know!), so if you have an invite going spare… *flutters eyelashes* x

  6. Emma Pass
    Feb 5, 2012

    Your boards look fab, Nettie! I love your photos (as always) and I *highly* approve of Sean Bently looking like James McAvoy. 😉

    I’ve been umming and aah-ing about Pinterest for a few weeks now. I guess if it counts as research, it can’t hurt, right? I think you already have my email address (although if it’s gone awol let me know!), so if you have an invite going spare… *flutters eyelashes* x

  7. Elpi
    Feb 5, 2012

    Nettie,
    Well i think both angel and devil Nettie are pretty cool and brilliant. So are your boards. When you mentioned yesterday of using pinterest for my new main character I sort of scratched my head. What a brilliant idea. Being fairly new to pinterest, I’m still learning my way around, but I love the idea that I can profile my character there. I’ve already got a picture of my tough girl, complete with hard hat (she’s an engineer) and blueprints. Love it. Thanks so much for the idea.
    x

  8. Elpi
    Feb 5, 2012

    Nettie,
    Well i think both angel and devil Nettie are pretty cool and brilliant. So are your boards. When you mentioned yesterday of using pinterest for my new main character I sort of scratched my head. What a brilliant idea. Being fairly new to pinterest, I’m still learning my way around, but I love the idea that I can profile my character there. I’ve already got a picture of my tough girl, complete with hard hat (she’s an engineer) and blueprints. Love it. Thanks so much for the idea.
    x

  9. MrsT
    Feb 5, 2012

    Pinterest really does look like fun … I’m going to try and resist a little longer, I have so many procrastination strategies already!

    Devil Nettie sounds like great fun!!!

  10. MrsT
    Feb 5, 2012

    Pinterest really does look like fun … I’m going to try and resist a little longer, I have so many procrastination strategies already!

    Devil Nettie sounds like great fun!!!

  11. Susan Elliot Wright
    Feb 6, 2012

    OMG, this sounds wonderful. Tried to resist, but Devil Susan has taken over my typing hand: I want in! Email address should come through with this but let me know if not, and thanks for sharing this excellent strategy!

  12. Susan Elliot Wright
    Feb 6, 2012

    OMG, this sounds wonderful. Tried to resist, but Devil Susan has taken over my typing hand: I want in! Email address should come through with this but let me know if not, and thanks for sharing this excellent strategy!

  13. Jo Carroll
    Feb 6, 2012

    Good luck to you – great if this works for you. I think I’d just use it as one more distraction – and I’ve already got enough of those!

  14. Jo Carroll
    Feb 6, 2012

    Good luck to you – great if this works for you. I think I’d just use it as one more distraction – and I’ve already got enough of those!

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