25 Fun Pinterest Boards for Writing Relief

Pinterest is useful for more than just planning weddings, outfits, and meals. The now-ubiquitous social bookmarking and scrapbooking site attracts users with a diverse selection of interests, meaning writers and other bibliophiliac types have been known to network with one another and share what inspires their literary pursuits. Because hemorrhaging words into novels, short stories, essays, poems, comics, and plays requires more than a right fair amount of emotional and, yes, physical energy, it’s probably a great idea to take a break every once in a while. When mentally decompressing from the next firestarting manuscript or just a bit of schoolwork, blend productivity and relaxation by starting at the following Pinterest boards.

  1. library rooms & bookshelves by Matilde Andreini

    When seeking solace from a particularly stressful writing session, get lost in the quirky, elegant, and innovative bookshelf and library designs on display here. Maybe later these pieces — or something inspired by them — will make their way into your own home!


  2. Book Covers as Art by Ann Thompson

    Authors and wannabe authors with an affinity for art and design will adore this gallery of fashionable book covers. Ann Thompson’s tastes skew toward the illustrative and retro, curating a show of examples from classic and overlooked reads alike.


  3. Picture Writing Prompts by Kathy Fulweiler Weems

    If the well of inspiration starts running dry, check out some of the prompts and photos included here to try and reignite the creative process. The ideas presented challenge visitors to whip up spooky, quirky, and imaginative stories based on some broad concepts.


  4. Children’s Book Illustrations by Penny Faragher

    Lovers of fantasy and fairy tale art might want to browse this extensive gallery when taking a break on a children’s book — or, quite simply, needing a hefty dosage of visual pleasure. Even those working on edgier fare can still find inspiration in these colorful, flowing, and sometimes whimsical works.


  5. Writing & Selling Your Memoir by Paula Balzer

    Stop by this useful board all about the memoir genre before sitting down to hammer out a manuscript, because it really crams a good amount of information into one board. Check out some of the pinner’s favorite examples of the genre and maybe collect some great ideas about what to do … and maybe not do.


  1. Text Based by Katrina Rodabaugh

    Typography is an art, and nobody but designers understand the merging of the visually with the linguistically aesthetic better than writers. The examples curated by Katrina Rodabaugh perfectly exemplify just how strikingly beautiful words can be — something all authors should know before sitting down in front of their computers and notebooks.


  2. Poetry by Sherry Ellingson

    Sherry Ellingson’s Poetry board pins some excellent resources meant to help out anyone trying to whip up some stellar verses. Keep it on hand when looking for a few good ways to reinvigorate words and images that seem limp and lifeless.


  3. Books, Literature and Learning by Shannon Vaughan

    In this veritable potpourri of pins, visitors can watch videos, listen to podcasts, and read up on some people the curator finds particularly inspiring and interesting. It certainly highlights how writing interacts intimately with the rest of the world, as it neither exists in a vacuum nor holds no influence over the surrounding cultural milieu.


  4. A Room of One’s Own by Tina Moller

    Taking its title from Virginia Woolf’s advice that all women (especially writers) need their own creative space, A Room of One’s Own showcases what its compiler thinks would make for a personally effective arrangement. Get inspired by everything she shares or use the pins as a springboard toward designing a dream room conducive to creativity.


  5. Art Journals & Book Making by Lisa Anderson

    DIY-inclined writers who want to design and bind their own books and sketchbooks will learn quite a bit from Lisa Anderson’s compendium of artistic inspiration. In addition to some pretty awesome links to binding and scrapbooking ideas, she also provides suggestions for what to write in them.


  1. Self-Publishing Writer Support by Desiree Matlock and Amber Perry-Wetrosky

    As one might easily assume from the title, this giant board comes packed with pretty much everything the self-publishing writer needs to know about getting his or her narrative out there. This resource makes for perfectly productive browsing when taking a break from a long, exhausting writing session.


  2. Altered Books by Angela Rae Barribeau

    Old books don’t have to sit and rot in recycling bins and landfills — clever, innovative artists often use them as striking sculptural centerpieces. Check out some of the most gorgeous, intricate, and downright breathtaking examples in Angela Rae Barribeau’s carefully curated gallery.


  3. Books Libraries and other Great Things by Tabatha Robbins, Jaimee Bo-Baimee, and Traci Cockroft

    Bibliophiles can work off writerly stress with this seriously cool compendium of everything from bookish tattoos to some fun and funky library spaces and most things in between. Chances are, every visitor will find something to appreciate and maybe even inspire their own work.


  4. Creative Writing Prompts by Emily Rozell

    Baby animals and circles seem to rev up Emily Rozell’s creative engines, judging from their prolificacy on her Creative Writing Prompts board. Even authors who prefer writing of other things will still be able to relax with adorable photos of wee piggies and birdies and other sweet little fuzzums.


  5. Typography & Posters by Katy White

    See just how beautiful words can be when combined with pictures or left to sparkle all on their own with this sterling graphic design collection. Multiple tastes receive recognition here, so anyone looking for a cool quote or lovely bit of art will likely find something to love.


  1. Books, Bookcases and Bookshelves by Jennifer Kauble

    You won’t be able to get lost in these lush libraries and innovative bookshelf designs, but nothing says you can’t live vicariously through the included photos. Log off the word processor for a few minutes and reset the mind with some inspiring spaces and innovative constructions.


  2. Poetic Words & Writing by Christine Kysely

    Christine Kysely shares the quotes, Oatmeal cartoons, pictures, and other writerly things that inspire her to get started and keep going. If poetry isn’t your thing, many of the pins featured here are still pretty useful when it comes to remembering parts of speech and punctuation.


  3. Book Cover Design and Illustration by Kate

    Unless you’re already an established writer, it’ll probably be a while before you see that manuscript you’re whipping up on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. Until then, fantasize over what it might very well look like nestled between other bestsellers after scoping out some seriously cool cover designs.


  4. Literary Tattoos by Letty

    There’s an obvious pun about ink in here, but we refuse to make it. Instead, let's just say that people who love literature and tattoo art — even if they don’t plan on getting one themselves — should check out this small gallery of like-minded folks.


  5. bibliophile, baby by Miala Leong

    With almost 120 pins (so far) to explore, writers desiring a distraction could fill a generous break just browsing this board. Miala Leong provides visitors with an eclectic selection of seriously cool literary stuff, like posters, illustrations, quotes, libraries to drool over, and more.


  1. Writing by Susan Gray

    Browse this board when searching for quotes about the writing process (particularly finding inspiration and dismantling mental setbacks) that might very well make creative sessions flow better. Susan Gray also pins up books she finds valuable, too, so you might consider checking them out at the local library.


  2. Books – Building, Binding, & Filling by Sharon Turner

    Whether taking the DIY route or not, it pays for current and future authors to take the time to understand exactly how physical books come together. This board covers nearly every component of the often-overlooked art form imaginable, with simple and advanced patterns available.


  3. Poetry Month by Crystal Fox

    Most of the poems featured here are whimsical reads appropriate for children, but that obviously doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them to their fullest extent; because seriously, not digging on Shel Silverstein pretty much indicates a sad, soulless existence. Writers who are also educators will appreciate the resources on hand regarding how to teach kids all about the value of verse.


  4. handmade books by j.

    Literary arts don’t begin and end with great writing, as crafty types will enthusiastically point out. Hit up this board when looking for pictures and instructions regarding one-of-a-kind DIY books and journals — even if you aren’t planning on making your own, they still look super cool.


  5. Book Covers by Christine Clemmensen

    Another excellent book jacket design gallery with treats both contemporary and retro on display, making it a suitable distraction for writers of a few different aesthetic tastes. In addition, Christine Clemmensen throws in some other super cool artistic pins, including instructions on DIY journals.


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