mapping is a good way to start, organize and finish your book
faster. You can create the mind map on a blank sheet of paper
or use mind mapping software.
Mind mapping supplies the visual for more visual learners. The
mind map, a color coded outline using core ideas, sub-topics
and details written on different branches connected to a center.
the center circle, you put your core (main) idea like your book
title or chapter title, if you are outlining one of your chapters.
For the "7 Steps to Fearless Speaking," Wilder's mind
map could have had seven different colored vertical branches
coming from that center (Book Title), so details could be put
on connected horizontal branches. For many, mind maps are much
easier to read and grasp more quickly than linear style outlines.
For example, when I mind mapped chapter eight from the Write
Your Best Book Now book, I used a 8.5x11 sheet of blank paper
turned horizontally. The chapter title (my main idea) Build
a Successful House for Each Chapter was in the circle. The vertical
colored coded branches were developed into headings in the chapter.
The horizontal lines on each heading branches were sub-topics
and points with the outline in a mind map. I discovered I could
easily add new supporting points to each branch stemming from
the main idea in the circle.
FIVE TOP BENEFITS OF MIND MAPPING
of us are visual learners. And because a book is long, it can
be difficult to keep the whole thing straight in our mind. For
some I know mind mapping will be just the thing to get you started
and moving toward completion. You'll soon discover mind mapping
your ideas of what you'd like your book to contain gives you
an overview. Here are five benefits to mind mapping your book.
Encourages creative thinking. In using the mind mapping
outline method, there are no strict rules of traditional outlining.
You don't have to try and fit ideas into a linear outline. Mistakes
are not mistakes at all. With mind mapping you can easily follow
what looks like a mistake into new creative territory. When
you get a new idea, just add another branch to the circle. In
my experience, mind mapping encourages creative thinking which
leads to better writing and more usable ideas.
Less is more. Because in this outlining method, you
use only two -three keywords on a branch, less is more. While
working with less keywords and a streamlined approach, you can
gain clarity and focus with your writing much faster. The key
words prompt your memory for what your chapter is about. For
example, in my "..House for Each Chapter" mind map
one of the vertical branches was "repeating elements".
Then the sub-topics on the horizontal lines were: Intro, quote,
story, teaching points, pull quotes, summary and questions.
Speeds up outlining process. You don't have to deal
with blank pages or a blank mind. Sit down with your color coded
map and select a chapter to write. Many have told me their writing
flows much easier from their branches and lines of sub-topics.
If you don't have enough information, just go to your book's
file folders of research and pull more information or ideas.
Or like I do often, you can use the q/a session to come up with
more material from your personal knowledgebase.
Communicates big picture. You can more easily create
a memes (short story) with the mind mapping method. Condensing
your thesis, chapter titles and chapter contents down to key
words brings clarity. Just like in the business world, clarity
equals sales power. When you can communicate the big picture
of your message in clarity the more compelling your book will
be. And we all know the more compelling your book is the more
book sales you will receive.
Creates flexibility of use. You can do more with a
mind map than a linear outline. You can re-purpose your map
for anything from business uses, education or personal use.
You can use your map to plan a meeting, teach a class or seminar,
develop a business plan, manage a project, track your goals,
create a database of ideas, write a book (as we are doing) and
seeing how each method of outline works, you can easily mix
and combine different methods into one that suits you. For example,
I often mix the linear style list or q/a outline with the mind
mapping style. As you can see, you can easily use either method
to outline your book. Or use them both (linear outline or mind
mapping) to start, organize and complete your book.
can find the full lesson and a list of mind mapping software
along with a growing list of other helpful resources in the
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