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Writing – Mind Mapping For Writers

Posted on the 06 October 2011 by Combi31 @combi31

Do you use mind maps in your writing process? They’re a wonderful tool for any form of writing. I use them every day, and I encourage my clients to use them too.Let’s look at how you can use them to become more productive and have more fun.1. Branches or Clusters?There are two basic ways in which you can create your maps. Tony Buzan, who popularized the process, uses branches. However clustering also works.Try both styles, and you will gradually find your own process.I like to use branches on large, hand-drawn mind maps for planning books and other large projects. I pin these to the wall, so that I can see where I am at a glance.When I’m planning an article or another short piece of writing however, I tend to use clustering, because clustering helps me to see connections and to explore what I want to say.2. Brainstorm to Gather IdeasMind maps are fantastic for brainstorming, because they help you to use both the logical and the intuitive sides of your brain. If you’re stuck on a writing project, create a mind map. You’ll soon be writing full steam ahead.3. Plan Your Week for Productive DaysEvery Sunday, I create a tasks and goals mind map for the coming week. I pin this mind map on the wall where I can see it whenever I look up from my computer monitor.Over time, my mind maps for tasks and goals have become less complex. I’ve learned to just create a basic outline of what I want to accomplish during the week, because that leaves room for inspiration and creativity.4. Create Easy Proposals and PresentationsIs procrastination a problem for you? It’s a problem for many writers. Usually procrastination means that you’re not comfortable with a project, and a mind map can help with that. Create a mind map before you start on a project.For example, whenever a copywriting client hires me for a new project, I do a quick mind map of the project and then file it away. Mind mapping seems to jog my subconscious mind, so when I start to work on the project I find that I’ve got a wealth of ideas already because I’ve been thinking about it subconsciously.Mind maps are also useful for creating proposals. You can plan out a project very quickly with a mind map.I also find myself using mind maps whenever I need to give the presentation. I can create a quick mind map on an index card and can then speak with confidence without needing to refer to notes.Become familiar with mind mapping: it will help your writing career.Author: Angela BoothArticle Source: EzineArticles.comCanada duty

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