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.

https://pixabay.com/

https://unsplash.com/

http://www.lifeofpix.com/

https://morguefile.com/

http://www.copyrightfreephotos.com/

http://www.picdrome.com/

http://bit.ly/thpdimagesites


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.

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

Paulo Coelho

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