Mind Mapping Your Ideas and Stories
Whether you are writing for business, a blog, or a novel, you need to know that a good story will hugely help your own writing style, and the readers to absorb what you’re trying to tell them. Mind mapping is one of the easiest ways to do this.
I had a call from my son Alex this morning, who is doing a great job of working through a script writing project for a TV pilot. It’s a competition and as a lover of acting, theatre and a great story, he feels up to the task of developing a big idea. But of course, while he’s already published and produced a play for amateur theatre, a TV pilot is a much bigger step and he’s still learning his trade. So we talked about this plot he’s created, which is complex in so many ways.
This led to my suggesting that I as a visual person needed to SEE something like mind mapping – a drawn outline of something with branches for all the parts needing to be articulated – to understand the direction and the characters and how they relate to the story. Yes I mind map! He agreed and is busy creating that while I write this.
The point is, that if you take the time to map out what you want to write, get the stories, the examples, and the connections well established before you even start to write, the entire writing project is so much easier. And even if you are not a primarily visual person, many of the people you might be working with throughout a writing project, including your editors or design team, may be.
Being able to articulate the project’s intricacies as well as the big picture side of things easily is your biggest challenge. How to simplify and narrow down the main points, without taking too much of your readers or viewers attention away from the them with hyperbole and jargon. That’s the trick.
In my recently released book From Idea to Author-ity, I’ve shared a simple and effective way to map out a business book, presentation, story, or even a speech or article.
Basically you want to divide the outline into three main parts, then break those down into further parts, that give you the flow in one easy process that you can stick on a wall or read as one page. I have used this process many times for my authors and it works insanely well. It’s just So easy. If you get stuck at this stage of the game at any level of communication, then you’ll find it helpful to have a system to use. Scrivener, the best software program for writers also features a fantastic white board and note pad style of mind mapping.
Remember, the key to effectively sharing anything of complexity is to mind map it, develop the story line, and then write it.
Happy Mind Mapping!