How to Use a Mind Map to Organize Thoughts
Updated on: by Amy Kennedy
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If you’re a freelance writer or blogger, one problem you may have is trying to figure out how to organize your thoughts for the blog posts or articles you write. One technique that I’ve found to be effective, especially when I’m in the pre-writing or brainstorming phase, is creating a mind map. This post will explain how to create a mind map to organize your thoughts before you write.
Mind Mapping: How to Begin
Start by drawing a circle (or any other shape) in the center of a piece of paper and write your topic inside it – For example, when I was brainstorming how I wanted to structure my e-book, I started with my main idea “Work from home kindle single” inside a circle:
Write your main details on branches radiating out from your circle, or whatever shape you chose – One idea I was toying with was talking about the different types of jobs I’d worked – so I had the words “inbound phone work,” “outbound phone work,” “Transcription,” “Freelance writing,” and “other,” written on branches radiating out from the circle.
Add additional details to the branches radiating out from your circle – Using my example, I put the names of the different companies I worked for doing each different type of work on branches radiating out from the main branches I started with:
Add additional details to those branches – any additional details you want to add, such as how the work differed from other companies of the same type, or whether you’re still with the company or not, can be added to these branches – for example, on a few of my branches I added whether I was still with the company and if not, why I ended up leaving:
As you can see, creating a mind map is a relatively simple process. Once you’ve created your mind map, you can start writing your blog post or article and tweaking it as you need to before you publish it.
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