Everybody has to write essays, summaries, reports, theses and other documents at some point in their life. There generally are a lot of situations when good writing is required. Imagine if you wrote the whole essay without planning, what do you think would happen? You would probably mix up ideas and omit more important ones, creating a non-cohesive mess. Or you might even get stuck and not have any more ideas to continue with, having to start your piece of writing from scratch. By then, your time would be very scarce, not allowing you to complete your task in time or well enough. The solution to this problem lies in mind mapping and writing techniques.
Try using mind mapping and writing will become a much more pleasurable activity. By organizing your thoughts visually, you will have all the key points in front of your eyes, being able to see how they are related to each other. This will increase your ability to write your content down quickly and accurately, which will result in a much better-organized text and a lot of saved time.
But how to apply mind mapping to writing tasks? For example, if you were taking an exam and had a few titles to choose from, which one should you go for? Why not use a mind map and some little note taking to help you out? Start by putting down anything that comes to your mind when you think about a title or topic. Then create your mind map by applying some diagramming elements to it. Put the topic in the center, also including the relationships between all the key points you noted earlier. Once done, you would have no problem in seeing how much you know about a certain topic and how much you can write about it. Do it again for the other title and proceed with the one you feel more confident about.
Let us have a look at another example. Imagine working in a newspaper editing job. You have a lot of hot stories to cover, but you are not sure which one would fit in the allocated space you have. So again, use a mind map! However, you can take advantage of mind mapping software since you probably have a computer at hand or also use online mapping tools which do not require prior installation. Anyhow, use any mind mapping tool you have and you will see that the same thing would happen – you would immediately see which story is better for the restricted space.
There you have it, a short illustration of the benefits related to mind mapping and writing. No matter what kind of writing you have to do, no matter if you call it lack of inspiration or writer’s block, mind mapping will probably point you in the right direction.