Putting Together a Post From Start to Finish . . . The Story of Lost – Devastated – Found – Grateful
I always start with an idea. This time, my missing critique. Then I go searching for images, usually on Pixabay – they’re free.
Pictures help me plan the post. For this one, I started with the four images below. The first 3 are for the missing critique. The last one – a lost ring. Then I begin writing. By the time I’d finished the first 2 images, the post changed.
I switched the 2nd and 3rd pictures around (see below) to show you what a critique looks like, and that’s when my words took over this post. I had an idea what I wanted to write, but it always changes along the way. It’s like magic. The words take on a life of their own, and they guide me. This time they sent me back to Pixabay for 2 more images.
Do you see the 2 new images? One’s above, and one’s below. I saw them and knew they’d fit. They remind me of Hallmark movies and their happy endings. The first 4 became Part 1. I wrote its story, then edited and revised it. No more changes! My words and I were in sync.
The last 2 images became Part 2. I started writing, but an unexpected twist found me – I started writing the advice I give myself. I thought it might help you. I needed another image for my new ending. I did a final round of editing and published the post! Done!
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When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!