Thursday, January 30, 2014

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By:  Delia Brendan

Years ago, I went to a plotting workshop. The workshop leader described a process involving white poster board and multi-colored sticky notes. She described how each sticky note color corresponded to various plot elements. At the end of the exercise, she showed the group a completed plot map and explained how this process could help you from getting bogged down during drafting.

As a visual person, I loved the concept of working from a map. So, I dutifully went out and bought white poster board and enough sticky notes to outfit a corporation. As an organizationally-challenged over thinker, I was soon mired down in details. Was Dr. Venom’s mother from Siberia a blue sticky note because she was related to a bad guy or a green sticky note because she befriends the heroine? No surprise, I never wound up with a plot map and I’m still pulling sticky notes out of sock drawers and couch cushions.

If I could get my information organized in virtual notebooks, was a free tool that would help me organize my plot too much to hope for?

It turns out it’s not. Now, when I say “mind mapping,” I need you to take a deep breath. It’s a terrible name as it conjures images of being strapped in a chair as electrodes are attached to your temples. It’s not something that one might think would help creativity, but it is invaluable.

“Mind mapping” is not new. It’s just a description of how to organize your thoughts. In terms of the software, a map is nothing more than that huge piece of white poster board we lugged home from the office supply store. Topics and subtopics are the sticky notes.

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 4 1/2 Things You Need To Know About Small Business Marketing In 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter
  2. The Other Side of the Story: What's So Wrong With Clich├ęs?
  3. How to Sell More of Your Fiction Writing Without Selling Your Soul | storyrally
  4. Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Question: I gave you my idea, don't steal it ok?
  5. Does Mind Mapping Hurt? | Elizabeth Spann Craig
  6. I’m Not Making This Up: Ten Lessons In Non-Fiction Writing | The Creative Penn
  7. Timothy Hallinan - Writer's Resources: Finish Your Novel
  8. Four Big Lessons for Authors | Creative Content Coaching
  9. AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers - Every Story Has Already Been Told
  10. You Either Got It or You Don’t – Writing Lies | Rachel Abbott
  11. 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Debbie Fuhry |
  12. Smashwords: 2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions - Price Drops to Impact Competitive Dynamics
  13. Beyond Paper Editing: Getting an ISBN for Your Ebook (for Canadian Authors)
  14. Beyond Paper Editing: Editor's Tip: Cleaning Up Your Manuscript Can Save You Money
  15. A Step by Step Guide to Evaluating Your ePub Files on Kindles, iPads, and Smartphones — The Book Designer
  16. How to lose your muse in 10 days | Gwen Hernandez
  17. Seeing is believing: Why using visual content in your marketing makes sense
  18. Myth in Fiction Intertwined: How One Author Wove His Tapestry
  19. Most Authors Make Less Than $1,000 a Year: DBW - GalleyCat
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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