Pinterest: Where Inspiration is Born and Dies

I have a twitch in my right hand index finger and a slight numbing in my wrist.  This is not because I’ve been faithfully slaving away on my novel(s) or short stories or even this blog.  No, it is from the hours I have spent scrolling through the endless memes, outfits for every day and every occasion, and the scary yet funny geek pins.  There are so many things and thingies that must be viewed and pinned.

I was showing my mom how Pinterest works and I took her to look at my boards.  “Mom, you can organize thingies by categories. Here are a few.”

I gulped. A few?

“You have 35 boards!”

“Thanks mom for pointing that out.  But look, they are organized! Unlike my room or anything else in my life.”

Suddenly I have OCD. I want to organize everything or rather every pin. I don’t want to mix my like for the Avengers with my love for Doctor Who or my need to feed people breakfast ideas with my visions of crafting things.  They need homes; they need their own boards for me to collect all the thingies that are associated with those thingies.

My imagination lights up as I look at beautiful fan art for Studio Ghibli, some of it is really good – some of it is disturbing. I have re-imagined the possibilities of what I could do with my wardrobe. How I can make Disney themed outfits with what I already own. I have a board dedicated to the most beautiful colors in the world blues and greens and all the shades in between. I have a collection of picturesque scenes of winter, a montage of sheep and sheep related thingies, and an assemblage of homages to my love for books and words.

I have a pinning problem. 

Not only is Pinterest the prefect place to store links to all those DIY projects and 30 meals on the go for $5 or less, it is where inspiration is born and eventually dies.


Yes, my friends, inspiration dies….all those beautiful ideas, DIYs, places to see, books to read, dresses to wear, food to bake, cook and eat…what happens to them?  What?


They sit there in their neatly pinned, slightly organized boards full of hope and good intentions, like the clean laundry in the laundry basket, waiting to be used or remembered.  I am always surprised by the concepts and solutions I find but I never do anything with them. Or I do, do something with them…have you seen the Pinterest Fails?

I think that sums that up clearly.

But you don’t have to be one of those people…

What do all the great writers, DIYers, movie makers, bakers, and crafty people all have in common?  They DO!  They don’t let the inspiration die.  They create the boards and pin the things but then they act upon them.  They don’t let apathy, over-pinning, or distractions get in their way of actually completing the task.  So don’t let the inspiration in your Pinterest boards die on your Pinterest boards!

Happy Pinning!  Happy Doing!  Happy Inspiration!


About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on March 7, 2014, in Humor, Inspiration, Rachel Burkholder, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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