On the live stream last Sunday I was asked advice on how to start writing. The best advice I have is to begin with a Mind Map. I love this book by Tony Buzan: The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential
Check out this video of Tony on Mind Mapping too.
Here’s an example of a mind map:
FAKE is a comedy I wrote that I’ll be directing btw. See how I took “Angela Shelton” and covered the various focal points? You can do that for your story too. Put your story theme or working title in the center and cover all the elements via the mind map technique. When I make a mind map about a screenplay, book or article, I usually go clockwise. I’ll make a mind map for each act of the story too sometimes. It helps with staying focused, especially when you have a long list of notes and ideas. Linear notes can make you lose your place or get nervous if you have dyslexia. Also instead of fumbling through a stack of notes, you can refer to your mind map. Drawing pictures or putting key words in triggers your brain to recall the whole story you had in mind. For example when I draw a little RV with a “SFAS” inside it I know that’s where I tell the story of Searching for Angela Shelton. You can use mind mapping for so many different things from writing to relationships to how you’re planning the next 10 years of your life.
I make a mind map when I do speaking gigs to0. A mind map helps you stay focused and on point but allows you to go off on a story and then come back to the next point. I highly recommend getting Tony’s book and jumping off into the world of mapping your mind!