Hello! It has been a while. I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this blog for weeks now, but I have been more than distracted with writing my second book, finishing up the creation of a coloring book, and drawing. Did I mention I have been working on things for small businesses? I’m an artist, but that’s not why you’re here!
We are here to talk about mind maps! Mind maps are these cool little things where you have your idea in the middle and then events surrounding that idea. Look at the structure below:
I learned about this on a webinar with Self Publishing School! It was free, and it was very helpful. I thought this idea was silly because I, like more people, want to jump right into the thick of writing. Where has jumping in got me? Stuck on chapter one with ideas in my head but nothing on paper. So in the time Chandler gave, I created a mind map for my new WIP.
Keep in mind that I never did this for the first book. I had been working on Road to Grimpaitra for so long that I didn’t know how to start anything else.
Shameless plug… check out Chapter 1 of Road to Grimpaitra!
With this mind map, I could create 11 chapters for my new WIP! Already in the past week and a half I have written 8 of the 11 chapters! YAY ME! (in my London Tipton voice). I am a believer in mind maps and I’ll tell you how you can get the most out of it!
How to Create a Mind Map
- Draw a circle in the center of the page.
Add in the title of whatever it is you’re working on!
- Write out ideas that stem from your book title or concept.
Do this for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure you aren’t distracted and try not to think too hard about things, just write!
- Group ideas or concepts.
This is how you get chapters and things to write in your outlines! It’s cool, actually!
Snap a look at my new coloring experience!
Stay cool peeps!
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