Many 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.
1. 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 you can use the q/a session to come up with more material.
2. 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.
3. 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 more.
Congratulations! You are on your way. If you’ve been following along, you should have your thesis, what problem your book will solve, your book’s working title, your chapter working titles and for some even your rough draft of table of contents.
After examining how each method of outline works, you can easily mix and incorporate 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.
Doing so, you can easily use either method to outline your book. Or use them either (linear outline or mind mapping) to start, organize and complete your book.
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