Daily Archives: April 15, 2012

How I Write Butterfly Lessons from idea to post (#HAWMC 15)

Today’s HAWMC prompt is Writing with Style. What’s your writing style? Do words just flow from your mind to your fingertips? Do you like handwriting first? Do you plan your posts? Title first or last? Where do you write best?

Before I write:

Most of the time, my Butterfly Lessons posts start with an aha moment when I will hear, see, or read something and then think “that would make a great Butterfly Lesson.”  Whenever this happens, I try to write the idea down as soon as possible. If I am not at home, I will take notes in my Wizard of Oz or Rethink journals.

If I am only carrying my tiny purse, I email myself the notes from my smartphone. The problem with emailing myself ideas is that sometimes will ignore them later. So when I want to firmly remind myself to write about an idea I will add that idea to my SmartyTask (an online to-do list) or my PersonalBrain (an online mind-mapping tool to organize ideas and documents).

Sometimes I draw my ideas (using pictorial mind-mapping)  or assemble images on a vision board to brainstorm to organize my thoughts. Here is an example of the Butterfly Lessons vision board folder I made to keep magazine clippings that inspire me to write.

Writing & Refining

Once I have a basic idea that have jotted down in some form, I actually write the post.  I generally start by free-writing them.  Depending on my mood, I will:

  • Free-write the post in Microsoft Word, reorganize & refine, then spell check, print, proofread, make any edits and then paste the post into WordPress.


  •  Outline and then write the post by hand, type into Word, spell check, print, proofread, make any edits and then paste the post into WordPress.

Every once in a while I will have writers block and have to get rid of distractions. My favorite writers-block tool is Write or Die by Dr. Wicked, a productivity tool for writers that will not let you go to the Internet or any other program on your computer for a certain amount of time.

That’s the nuts-and-bolts of it all. This post started its life in a Word Document that was then inserted into WordPress. Then I added the pictures, links, and formatted.

Take care and happy writing,

Katina Rae Stapleton