Mind-mapping is a brainstorming tool most of us know about. I’m creating a daily mind-map journal to help with my blogging and novel-writing projects.
I never warmed up to mind-mapping until about a week and a half ago. It started at a meeting of our local writers club.
JavaBob gave a presentation on tools for creative writing inspiration. One of those tools was to do some mind-maps – by hand, not with a computer program.
Why by hand?
Apparently we think differently when we’re writing by hand, and this is more likely to stimulate creative neuron paths.
This type of mind-mapping inspired me so I convinced everyone to do mind-mapping that day. I went to the store, which is right next to the Chamber of Commerce office where we have our meetings. I bought colored pens and colored pencils and a large sketchbook for me.
We all did do something, but the mind-mapping wasn’t successful for some; perhaps more practice was needed.
This is the mind-map I did that day. We were all to start with the topic, “daydream”.
Daydream in the Canyon – mind map for a memoir
I imagined myself back into the time when daydreaming was a big part of my life – my childhood. I connote daydreaming with a day when I went into the forbidden gully next to my house in El Cerrito, California. The gully was forbidden because my mother didn’t want me to go there.
From there I added more childhood memories, and thought about how they might all fit together into one manuscript.
I don’t know if I’ll ever write this memoir, but I will definitely be doing a lot more mind-mapping. I decided to do a mind-map daily for the next thirty days, at least.
So far, I haven’t missed a day.
I’ve mind-mapped some of my blogs, blog postings, a movie idea and an e-book. I also mind-mapped what I’d do on a good day.
Mind-mapping is a lot of fun. It is a creative and colorful alternative form of journaling. It helped me with an idea for re-branding this blog.
Online mind map tools
There are a lot of online mind-mapping programs, but like I mentioned, they don’t have the same creative potential that mind-mapping by hand does, because the neural pathways used are different. If you would like to try them anyhow, here are two popular online mind map tools: Free Mind and Mind Meister.
You might like to check out this website about Mind-Map Art… fascinating! More than forty artists have contributed mind-map art to the site.
Mind map books
There are a lot of books about mind-mapping. Here’s one:
About the book:
Creative thinking is enhanced by use of imagery developed through nonlinear thought processes and thought association.
Mind-mapping is part of radiant thinking.
Mind-maps can help organize ideas, brainstorm, empower imaginative thinking, and overcome writers block.
This book includes sample mind-maps, quizzes, exercises, and color photography showing patterns in nature.
When JavaBob suggested mind-mapping as a way to stimulate creative inspiration, he mentioned using colored pencils. I bought colored pencils for our group to use, and also some colored Crayola pens. I am a pen person. Every other person in the group chose to use the colored pencils.
Which do you prefer? The colored pens or the colored pencils? Let me know in the comments section for this article.
If you have any experience with mind-maps, let us know.