Authors are weird characters. Sometimes, we like to see everything that’s tucked away in our minds before we start writing. That is why those of us who use Pinterest create boards for our novels and for each of our individual characters. I wrote separate post about creating Story Boards. Character boards are also a great idea for authors to use.
It helps you create your character. If you’re starting out with a new character, a character board gives you the chance to decide exactly how you want your character to look.
You can dive deeper into your character’s personality. Besides looks, you’ll have to write about your character’s wardrobe, personality, hobbies, flaws, and anything else that defines them as a person. Pinning pictures of outfits they might wear, or quotes they might say, will illustrate your character for you.
It keeps your story boards clean. I wasn’t a fan of character boards until I realized my story boards had been taken over by pictures of my characters. If you like things to stay organized, character boards give you that cleanliness.
Creating a character board is as simple as creating any other Pinterest board. All you have to do is add pictures and quotes that reflect your character. Here are some tips to make the most of your character board.
Give it an interesting title. It’s pretty obvious what a character board is. Most people put the “OC” abbreviation in the title, or write “CH” for character.
Make the description pop. Give your character some character! I stayed pretty basic with mine, but you could write something as simple as, “Werewolf with an appetite for salad and iced coffee.” Your description doesn’t have to be much, but it should give your followers an idea of what kind of character the board is about. This also makes it easier for followers looking for specific boards for their own characters. If someone else has a werewolf character, they’ll probably follow your board since you mentioned your character is also a werewolf.
Psst- be sure to mention the story board(s) the character is featured in!
Choose a cover photo that reflects your character. Is he a sarcastic jerk? Is she confident and fun? Pick a cover photo that makes you say, “That’s exactly how I pictured them.”
Pay attention to pin descriptions. Some authors are sensitive about their quotes and names being passed around Pinterest. They often put notices in their board descriptions asking people to remove descriptions from pins. Be sure to honor their request.
Psst- leave the actor’s/model’s name in the description, so if you want to go back and find more pictures of them, you’ll remember who they are.
Add tags. Like I mentioned in my post about story boards, add tags to your pins. Use the same tags for the story the character is in. This way, if someone searches that tag, they’ll find pins from every board associated with that tag. It helps people find your boards, and they’ll be more likely to follow them.