Over at yeah write‘s 31 dbbb, we learned how to come up with 10 blog posts through mind mapping, a technique that allows the brain to open up and freely explore. By using Tony Buzan’s mind mapping technique, you will allow your mind to enjoy the freedom to explore heretofore undiscovered areas of your brain. Buzan says mind mapping “harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, color and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.”
No to outlines, yes to branching
The sequential linear outline is out, mainly because it’s left-brained thinking. What’s in is using both sides of our brain through mind mapping. During mind mapping, ideas come from the center—a main source, or focal point—and radiates outwards with as many rays as our minds can conceive. This is whole-brain thinking.
In 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, Darren Rowse shows us how he came up with so many blog post ideas from a single blog post he had previously written. Copying his style of mind mapping, I generated 10 blog post ideas from a single blog post, Of Synchronicity, Rituals and Writers, which I wrote a few weeks ago. Here is how my mind map looks like:
As in freewriting, we should suspend judgement and not edit the ideas that come up during mind mapping. It’s easy and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the ideas spring out from your brain. Henriette Anne Klauser in her book Writing on Both Sides of the Brain: Breakthough Techniques for People Who Write says that this kind of thinking “operates by profusion, inviting new ideas in abundance.”
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to use mind mapping in other areas of your life. Tony Buzan says that mind-mapping “can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance.”