What's your InDesign version?
Sorry.. I have CS6.
What you want is Span Columns (a paragraph option). Information is in the Help.
I was afriad of that. I was hoping I didnt have to make 2 columns as the default and then make everything else span the 2 columns. for only 1 small section on each page. It means I have to change alot of styles to make this work, when there should be an easier way to make a section go 2 columns very quickly.
I think I sound what I was looking for SPLIT COLUMN. Now i need to figure out how to do column breaks so I can adust things better.
Yes, split column is one of the options under Span Columns.
OK that worked.. KIND OF.. I have another issue I cant seem to firgure out. and I hope I can do a good enough description to explain.
I changed the master page to 2 columns. The text flows from the left column to the right. My first paragraph I span across both columns. the Second paragraph I need to split (Column break) so it goes into both columns. the third Paragraph is now in the right column under the second column. How can I get it to go back to the FIRST colum so I can continue?
I'm going to respond to your initial question about starting with the single column, because there is a really easy solution to that.
Click on your single column and hit command + B on your keyboard. This is the shortcut for the text frame options dialog, which can also be found by going under Object/Text Frame Options.
In that dialog, you can specify the number of columns you want, and then just expland your text box as needed.
Additionally, you can use column breaks, found under Type/Insert Break Character/Column Break. That way you can adjust the columns to flow better too.
Hope I'm being clear. Let me know if you have any questions.