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How to Outline with Mind Maps

Outlines! Love ’em or Hate ’em?

Thing is… outlines are an amazing tool that save writers tons of time. And they don’t have to restrict your creativity. Learn how to make outlines your new best friend with the Mind Map Outline Technique

Whatever you feel about outlining, Mind Maps are a fantastic tool! They are a fast, visual way to ‘see’ your story. Use them to outline your plot, a scene and every twist and turn of your amazing idea. 

Mind Maps link ideas in the form of building blocks by branching out from a single starting point. They were first created in the late 1960s by Tony Buzan. 

Where to start: 

The good news is you can start from any point of your story — concept, character or at the climax. However, sooner is better. Save your writing time for writing, not scraping dead ends and starting over. Mind Maps help you think through all the twists and turns of you story, and test out different story options before wasting hours writing. 

If you start from the idea stage, the key is to list everything that defines your concept. You then connect it to the main character or topic (for non-fiction), plot points and the biggest story twists or topic points. Keep adding whatever pops into your head, and branch out from that point. You will either play out the idea or create an outline that will guide your writing.

Mind Maps are also useful for ‘spot outlining.’ Sometimes — possibly in the middle of your story (the Second Act) — things bog down. You can go in and just brainstorm that section of your project with Mind Maps

If you’d like a quick lesson on how to Mind Map click below to download the FREE Pdf that fits what you are writing — screenplays, novels or non-fiction.

Happy writing — and outlining!

FREE Mind Map pdf for SCREENWRITERS – CLICK HERE.

FREE Mind Map pdf for FICTION WRITERS – CLICK HERE.

FREE Mind Map pdf for NON-FICTION WRITERS – CLICK HERE.

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Author:

A TV commercial and music video production veteran, Ann Kimbrough is a optioned screenwriter, novelist under pen names Ann Audree, Pippa Minx and Ann McGinnis, a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and an Air Force brat.

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