Ideas are great. And necessary. But what if you can’t organize your thoughts? How do you create order out of a mess?
Mind mapping is an excellent way of bringing structure to your thoughts. A mind map graphically records the thoughts (or possibilities) in a diagram. At the heart of the diagram is your main idea. Then you write down whatever comes to mind when you think of that idea. Those thoughts (or possibilities) connect with lines (spokes) to the main idea and will usually form groups.
A true mind map (as described above) allows for free association. There are no correct or incorrect possibilities. To make things a little easier, I designed the mind map below with common areas that arise in writing articles and stories.
What is the story idea? We’re using Mind Mapping for this example, so you would put the words “Mind Mapping” in the center.
What is the underlying message? This can be one word or several items. In this case, Mind Mapping is simple, fast, and easy to understand.
Who are the characters in your story / who are you writing for? We’re targeting writers. This article is for people who write articles, blog posts, stories, and books.
What problem are you trying to solve? Too many thoughts can create overload. Mind mapping solves the problem of how to organize your thoughts, what to do with too many thoughts, how to keep track of them, how to group them.
How will you solve the problem? Different methods could include teaching (new techniques), discussion (talking about various points), demonstrating (showing examples). Here I’m demonstrating how to construct a Mind Map. To create a mind map you physically write down your thoughts and put them into groups. Then you can use those groups as the foundation for different
points, sections, or scenes.
What features and benefits does this provide? I want to show what Mind Mapping does for you, how it can help. Mind mapping relieves the struggle of trying to keep all your thoughts in your head. Instead of hoping to remember everything, you write it down. It makes it easier to organize your thoughts. And it gives you a tool that you can use anytime, anywhere.
Feel free to use the map above to help you explore ideas for your next article or story. Or, if you prefer more free association, browse the web for more examples. Whatever you do, let your imagination go. Then tell me how it works.
If you have any questions, contact me for more information.