Mood Boards

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a super visual person. Instagram is my favorite social media forum, and I’m an enthusiastic pinner. In fact, I make Pinterest boards for all of my WiPs, some secret, some not. The drawback to pinning WiP-inspired images on Pinterest, though, is that it’s hard to get an over all picture/mood/feeling for a story without pulling up the whole board. And you can’t use the board unless you’re logged on to Pinterest, which isn’t always convenient.

Imagine my excitement when I heard author Jenny Han talking about mood boards (via Sara Zarr’s awesome This Creative Life podcast). In short, a mood board is an online bulletin board that can be constantly changed, updated, and personalized. Using Mood Share (free!), creative people can “tack” images (uploaded or searched for by way of the site) to their board(s), then save the board(s) for personal use (that’s what I do) or share with other users. It’s fantastically fun, not to mention inspirational. I set the board I made for my WiP, The Road So Far, as the desktop background on my computer so I can access it easily. Every time I look at it, I want to open my doc and write, write, write!

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So cool, right? Check out Mood Share (and the above-mentioned Sara Zarr/Jenny Han interview) and let me know what you think!

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7 responses to “Mood Boards

  1. This is really neat! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I just made one for one of my WIPs, it took a while to get the hang of it, but I do like how I can make it my background.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love making real, can touch them, mood boards. I love the idea of making one online, but there’s something really nice about them being tangible 🙂

    • I would love to make real, tangible boards too (I used to in middle school & high school all the time!), but I rarely have fitting magazines laying around, and the thought of all the ink printing online images would require makes me shudder. So, online mood boards for me. 🙂 Let me know if you give Mood Share a try, Cole. 🙂

  3. I love it! I know I really told you this but I love this idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ve been loving mine.

    • I LOVE your board, Liz! It perfectly invokes the horror vibe you’ve talked about with your story. I volunteer as beta if you should need one down the line! Also, did you decide to use f-bombs? 😉

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