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I've been a big fan of mindmapping for many years - for many purposes. In graduate school I would use mindmapping as a way of consolidating and studying material that I was learning. As a speaker, I use mindmapping to help me plot out a workshop or keynote presentation. And definitely, as a writer, I use mindmapping constantly to assist me in generating and organizing my ideas - and to get me unstuck.
Once you discover mindmapping - and really give it time and an opportunity to become your new default - you will wonder why you ever used an outline (at least once you got out of high school where outlines may have been required). I am not anti-outline just like I'm not anti-Compaq computers (the old luggable kind like I used to have). It's just that once you know there is something better, why go back to a less effective and efficient tool?
Is being a writer easy? Even those who make a full time living as writers wouldn't say, "Yes," to that question. If you could use some new tactics (or reminders of old ones) that will increase your writing productivity, take a look at these four.
No matter what 'job' you need to do, you need good tools. These are tools that I find helpful - and I'm a reasonably prolific writer. Some are 'old fashioned' and others are new-fangled. Use what works for you, but know that I highly recommend the following:
Do you like accessing online tools to support your writing? I've got a couple of suggestions. And, if you like to talk, then I have a tool for you, too. How about good old water or a stamp? Let's realize that there are so many different possible tools we can use to get moving in our writing. These are five that help me...