Mind Mapping Your Story Ideas


Are you a visual person? Do you hate outlining? Then mind mapping is for you. It is also a powerful tool for any writer.

A mind map is a visual representation of connected ideas. This makes it perfect for playing with different elements of a story and discovering relationships you might otherwise have missed.

The mind mapping methodology was developed by Tony Buzan and can be used in all fields of endeavor. To learn more about mind mapping basics, check out this video How to Mind Map with Tony Buzan.

Why Mind Map

Mind Maps have been shown to be an effective tool in many fields of study and with people of all ages and educational levels. Research studies, such as this one, Mind Mapping and Students’ Writing Performance, demonstrate that this tool is especially effective when used during prewriting.

Mind maps:

  • Increase concentration
  • Enhance creativity
  • Lead to better…

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20 Questions with Theresa Snyder

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Today we sit down with blogger and author Theresa Snyder. Theresa’s work spans multiple genres with a variety of characters and settings. She is going to share her work, background and inspiration with us.

Q1) What is the title and genre of the book you want to tell us about?

It is actually a series I would like to tell you about. The “Shifting” books are part of the Twin Cities Series. There are currently three in the series with two more to come in this particular setting.

Q2) Can you summarize your book in one sentence?

A paranormal/fantasy adventure with a touch of romance and humor thrown in.

Q3) Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

These were written for mature YA to Adult who enjoy a little escape from reality. It is unlike any other paranormal you have run across. They are a…

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Author Central Tips to Improve Your Book Sales – by Dan Parsons…

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on Self Publishing Formula:

Self-publishing books for profit isn’t easy. To do well, not only must you write and produce spectacular books but also distribute and market them. There are hundreds of micro tasks involved which, traditionally, large publishers delegated to teams of experts, each member responsible for their own specialism. As an indie author, however, you’re expected to become competent enough at every task either to do them yourself or guide freelancers.

The complexity gets on top of us all occasionally, especially when we’re bombarded with new information and made to feel like we’re constantly dropping the ball in some area. Have you investigated translation deals? Selling wide? Patreon? Selling direct? YouTube? Radish? Just thinking about it all is exhausting!

That’s why, when you’re overwhelmed, it pays to remember that Amazon alone makes up a significant chunk of many authors’ incomes. Optimising your presence on that one vendor is…

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Behind the Scenes of a Chirp Audiobook Deal – by Dr. Shira Shiloah

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on New Shelves:

The audiobook industry is booming loudly and at various playback speeds. US publishers reported audiobook sales rose to 1.3 billion dollars last year according to Publisher’s Weekly.

So how does an indie author profit and get their book heard amongst all the noise? By chirping.

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Chirp, a new way to promote audiobooks

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