Mind Maps

Whilst I was looking into various Writing Apps I came across one called MindNode – an app which helps you create mind maps and which has become a firm favourite of mine.  If you can imagine your writing wall/notice board in front of you, covered in Post Its of who is who and where they are going you will know how much space this takes up and how annoying it is when one of the post its loses its’ stickiness and falls down behind the desk never to be seen again.  Or worse – your toddler son decides it would be fun to rearrange them all!  Grrrr…

I have found ways of using them to map out characters: looks, personality, relationships, job etc.  You can also use them to map out plot ideas and then link them to the characters.  It presents everything in a really nice readable format.  

As an example…in my Target Audience post I gave you a list of things that I read as a child and suggested that a mixture of my favourite things as a child might be a good inspiration for a story now.  My list was Enid Blyton (Famous Five, St Claires, Mallory Towers etc), Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, Roald Dahl and Swallows and Amazons.  If we take all of these wonderful things and put them into a Mind Map you get…

Mind Maps of Authors

Mind Maps of Authors

You can add a second level of each book title that you enjoyed…

Mind Maps of Children's Books

Mind Maps of Children’s Books

…and then take a character trait or theme from each book to create your inspiration! Ta dah!  And basically we’re left with an adventure story, with strong family values, a crime/crime solving element and a spot of danger…  Sounds great to me, I’d better get on with it!

Mind maps of character traits

Mind maps of character traits

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