Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Heather Hart

One of my favorite tools for authors is mind mapping.


Mind maps are a great way to organize your thoughts, but they can also be condensed so they aren’t overwhelming. No other outlining system offers the visual representation you can get from a mind map, and they have become an essential part of outlining my books.

Check out this video where I show you 3 of my favorite mind maps for outlining:

Read the full article HERE!

Here's my mindmap (so far) of THE EMERALD BROOCH. This is a great way to throw out ideas and see where they go, and you don't have to worry about running out of paper. This is a work-in-progress:


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Jumpstart Your Writer Imagination - Where Writers Win
  2. 21 Proofreading and Editing Tips for Writers | Writing Forward
  3. Three Things that Surprised Me About Publishing - Books & Such Literary Management
  4. Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 30: Describing Character Movements - Helping Writers Become Authors
  5. ISBNs: CreateSpace freebie or own ISBN? Pros and cons | Nail Your Novel
  6. A Novel Idea: Week One {5 Key Plot Points} - Going Reno
  7. Verb Mistakes #2: Irregular Verbs Bind, Grind, Find
  8. Why spunky heroines need to fight back. - Venture Galleries
  10. You Just Launched a Book. Now What? | Your Writer Platform
  11. The Writers Alley: How to Nail Your Character's Personality
  12. Pub Hub: 10 Thoughts: Writing About Sex in YA Fiction & Otherwise, Part I
  13. Online Presence: Pros, Perils and Possibilities - The Writing Platform
  14. Writing: Creating the visual world of your story.
  15. Giacomo GiammatteoHow To Tighten Up Your Writing - Giacomo Giammatteo
  16. Writability: Why Representation is Important (to Me)
  17. Amazing Stories | Not All Royalties Are Treated Equally - Amazing Stories
  18. Mind Mapping Your Book - Training Authors for Success
  19. How to turn a short story into a novel | Nail Your Novel
  20. The Forest for the Trees: How to Cure Overwriting via @LiveWriteThrive  
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

P.S. Looking at this map of states I've visited, my next book will have to take place in the north or southwest. I'd love to be able to check off all the states one day! 

I marked off the swath of states (Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and the bottom tip of Washington) many years ago researching the Oregon Trail for THE RUBY BROOCH. I'd already been to Kansas and Missouri. I lived in Lawrence for two years. Loved it! 

Visits to California were made researching the wine country for THE LAST MACKLENNA. The northeastern states were checked off during my daughter's high school dance competition years. And the southern states, well, I've lived in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. The rest I visited during vacations. 

I hope wherever you are, in whatever part of the world, that you have clear skies today. Bitter temps are easier to tolerate when the sun's out. 

Create Your Own Visited States Map

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