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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?
Do you ever have those times where you know you should be writing, where you want to be writing, where you really, really feel pressured about writing...but aren't getting your writing done? See if one of these five tips can help you build some momentum...
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:
Committing one’s words to parchment – whether that parchment is paper, electronic or the next thing to come along – is making your mark on history. It is stating loudly and clearly, “I existed. I was here. I had something to say and I had the courage to write it down for eternity.”
Social networking has euthanized the basic fundamentals of writing. On Twitter, for instance, a skeletal 140 allowed characters barely permits the stringing together of sentence fragments. The use of a full subject, conjunction, and predicate is truly a luxury with the countdown of remaining available characters ticking away in the corner of the white box. The dreaded negative number on this countdown alerts the loquacious tweeter that unless they find a way to downsize, their hundreds of followers will be left to wonder: “What IS Happening with Mary?” This is truly the heyday of the ampersand.