Using Images to Add a Visual Element to Your Prewriting

Links to online image sites that I've used. The bottom link is the site I created with many more sources for images.

Why use an image search for prewriting? And, links to online image sites that I've used.

  1. It’s fun.
  2. It’s not writing. It’s visual. Works with me on a different level.
  3. I don’t have to worry about copyright and attribution. The images are just for my own ‘me-file’.
  4. It ramps up my imagination. It can fill in blanks and add richer detail to how I might envision my characters, settings, and even some plot points.
  5. I like the possibility of surprise: I might find a new character, a new trait for an existing character, an unexpected plot point. It can spur all kinds of ‘what if…’ thinking.
  6. It keeps my tech skills sharp. [web search, file management, and slide deck creation, to name three.]

Let me know if this strategy worked for you. Did the websites help? Did you follow your own path? How can I improve the explanation of this strategy?

Send along a couple of sentences reflecting on your efforts to use images for prewriting.


Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions.

Paulo Coelho

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