I wanted to share with you today three informative articles on mind mapping for writers by Hobie Swan, a professional writer and author who has used mind mapping for the past 15 years.
I'm a big fan of mind mapping myself, having used the technique since my student days. I adopted it after seeing the original BBC TV series Use Your Head presented by Tony Buzan (the man generally acknowledged as the father of the technique).
I got a few odd looks from fellow students at the time, but my straggly 'spider diagrams' got me safely through my degree, and I've used them ever since for note-taking and planning large writing projects.
Hobie's articles on applying mind mapping to writing are saved on the document-sharing site Scribd, so I have embedded all three below. If you are receiving this post by email, you will probably need to visit my blog to see them. If you still have problems, this link will take you directly to the first of the three articles on the Scribd site, and you can then follow the links from the right-hand panel to see the other two articles.
Note that, depending on the size of your monitor, the embedded versions below may be too small to read comfortably. In that case, just click on the Fullscreen link at the top of each article. When you've finished reading, you can either click on Exit Fullscreen or just hit the Esc key to return to this blog post.
I do hope you enjoyed reading these articles. I should mention that Hobie uses the ConceptDraw MINDMAP program to create his mind maps, and you can read more about this on the company's website and blog. But, of course, you can create your mind maps by hand if you prefer - I still do this personally - or there are free options such as the Open Source FreeMind.
If you have any thoughts about mind mapping for writers, or additional tips for writers on using them, please do post them as comments below.