10 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Mystery Writers (and fans of all things creepy and mysterious)

by Kirsten Weiss

Pinterest is a visual way for people to document their likes and dislikes, post what inspires them, or just hoard recipes for squash casseroles. For writers, who spend a lot of time in the world of words, it can be a refreshing change from other social media sites.

Lately, I’ve been turning more and more to Pinterest – both for inspiration and for world building. These Pinterest boards were chosen based on quality (admittedly subjective) and quantity, but here are my top 10 mystery writing faves, in no particular order.

1)  Faerytaleish: For fae-lovers and mystery writers whose mysteries take a paranormal bent? (Check out the steampunk cat!)

Photo Credit: country_boy_shane via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: country_boy_shane via Compfight cc

2) Crime History: Real crimes. Real criminals. Real creepy.

3)  Neo Noir: Tough girls, odd girls, surreal girls. If you’re looking for inspiration for a noir heroine, this might be the spot.

4)  Noir: Haunting, mostly black and white images.

5)  For My Inspiration: Edgy and imaginative, these images and quotes provoke laughter and intrigue.

6)  Gothic: A board for mystery writers (and other Gothic fans) who favor the creepy classics.

7)  Writers and Writing: A wheel of emotions, inspiration from successful writers, and other writerly goodies.

8)  Writing: A board of writing prompts, tips, and inspiration.

9)  Writing Prompts: Just the prompts, ma’am.

10)  Writing Quotes and Inspiration: Because sometimes, we need a pithy quote to get us writing again!

Kirsten Weiss is the author of Steam and Sensibility, a steampunk novel of suspense, and the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. She uses Pinterest for research and world building.

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  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    August 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I love the steampunk cat! Thanks for the tips for good boards to follow, Kirsten. I’m new at Pinterest so I can use all the guidance I can get.

  • Reply
    Kirsten Weiss
    August 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I try to limit my time on social media, but Pinterest is one of the few sites I’ve found that’s actually *useful*.

  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    August 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Pinterest is that slippery slope where you can get sucked into spending a lot of time if you’re not careful! But it’s so much fun, and a great place for inspiration. Thanks for the tips, Kirsten!

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    shannon esposito
    August 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Love Pinterest! Thanks for these new addictions… er, I mean boards to follow. 🙂

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