I like this idea a lot. I show kids how to write their stories drawing mind maps of sorts but I really like your more complex version of the basic idea I start teenagers off on. I guess being an adult and being a writer there is no restriction of time and a bell ringing to signal the end of class. Last time I used a mind map was for writing a poem but it seems even better for drawing plaot and character ideas for a novel. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
You have your idea. You’ve done your research. You know something about your main character. Maybe you’ve even taken a crack at your first scene. And now you’re stuck… All those plot points we talked about in the 3 or 4-part narrative structure? You’re having trouble coming up with plot points. You just aren’t finding the ideas that you need to carry this project through to a finished novel. This is when the Mind Map becomes a useful tool for writers.
I use mind maps for everything. In spite of the fact that I love fancy software and organization techniques, some days I feel trapped by the confines of my computer screen. I need to break free – really give my right brain some room to move around. Remember that group work that you did in junior high? When your English teacher forced you into a…
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