New Unleash the Book Inside workshop dates

a5-sideFollowing the recent success of the Unleash the Book Inside workshop, we are pleased to announce new dates.

See here for the feedback from previous attendees

From its initial inception as a creative writing course, the workshop has now grown into a whole new concept.

Not only do aspiring authors get to learn about the publishing industry but also they will leave with an amazing array of new skills and learning a new way of thinking, being and doing ….

In the workshop, authors will define and design their book structure and their writing, publication and marketing plans. They will also learn the skills of Whole Brain and Whole Mind Thinking.

Tom Evans uses mind maps to get authors to see the world in a whole new way by opening up new neural pathways in their brains.

During the two day course, Tom takes authors on guided visualisations to help them tap into their creative muse.  He also demonstrates where light bulb moments come from and how to tap into them on demand to get your book to virtually write itself.

Tom will also show you the many ways to publish your book for free and how you can develop significant passive revenue streams.

The workshop is running in Surrey on the 30th September & 1st October.

There are only 20 places available and the first 10 people to book get the early bird price and catch the worm …..

If you want to get published IN 2009, this workshop will show you how !!!!

For a workshop synopsis and to book, go to:

http://thebookwright.com/workshops

… contact me if you are interested in attending

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Clearing Writer’s Block with Mind Maps

They say we only use 5% of our brains. If so what’s the other 95% doing and how do you tap into it?

Well the answer to this lies in learning the art of Whole Brain Thinking and a really simple way to do this is to use mind maps – this brief video explains how to start …

Come along to my workshop or take my home study course to find out how to go from idea to 1st draft of your book and why one attendee said:

Duncan Bolam thumbnail“Taking on the dream of writing a book can be intangible so many would-be authors float around frustratedly, lacking structure feeling anchorless. I left Tom’s course energised with a spring in my step. More importantly I had 13 well-engineered mind maps instilling a sense of shape to my plan and a bearing upon which to set my compass. Tom is a skilled facilitator who gave a great deal of himself. It is rare that I walk away from a workshop so energised – truly rare. You are a prime example of what I would call someone who is in the zone, centred and filled with innate conviction.” – Duncan Bolam, Career Dovetail, Surrey

Creative Writing with iMindMap v4.0

iMindmap version 4 is now available and has some enhanced features that are really useful in the creative writing process.

Audio notes

I come across many writers who would rather “speak” their book rather than write it. Now you simply record your thoughts and even the text for your book for later transcription.

Box Branches

Sometimes the single word mode which is recommended for mind map brainstorming can be restrictive. The new box branch mode allows long text strings like chapter titles to be entered and to really stand out.

Presentation mode

As your maps and child maps grow in complexity, it can be difficult for someone new to the material to grasp your thinking. This new feature simplifies the sharing of even the most complex ideas about your book to an editor, literary agent or to readers at a book presentation or signing.

Text Mode

The revamped Text Mode allows interactive editing of your Mind Maps really quickly.  You can now edit any text, graphics and even links whilst in Text Outline Mode.  Combined with an enhanced Word import, this is one of the fastest ways to create a map from existing material.

Upgrade v3.0 or get a trial copy of version 4.0 today

Watch this video to see all the new features

Embedding Mind Maps in your Neurology

This visualisation started life as one of the components of the Unleash the Book Inside workshop and home study course.

In the workshops, I found that the students started to get huge flashes of inspiration when I combined mind mapping with simple simple contemplative and meditative techniques. This version of the visualisation is more generic such that you can use it on any mind map whether hand drawn or computer generated. Note though, if you do use software mind mapping, it’s a good idea to use a print out first. This visualisation takes a mind map and embeds it into your cellular neurology such that two things start to happen.

Firstly, you commit it to memory much better.

Secondly that you become better at noticing coincidences and serendipities associated with elements on the map. For example, if your map contains your goals and ambitions for the year, you start to become luckier. If you are writing a book, you come across information and ideas that help you in ways that seem uncanny.

You can play the visualisation here

An MP3 version comes with the Unleash the Book Inside Home Study course ..

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The Art & Science of Light Bulb Moments

edison-3051Have you ever had a blinding flash of inspiration?

Have you ever seen the big picture in less than a second and wondered where it came from?

Would you like to learn how to have light bulb moments on demand?

Did you know that Edison perhaps didn’t have one when he came up with the light bulb … and that his true brilliance lay elsewhere?

And did people have light bulb moments before the light bulb was invented?

To find out the answers to these questions, come and listen to author and Mind Map Master Trainer, Tom Evans introduce The Art & Science of Light Bulb Moments.

Here’s what attendees are saying about the talk:

“Even the most hard-headed (and left brained !) of businessmen would have enjoyed and taken away something really useful from your session.”

“An excellent thought-provoking taster session.”

“If you want to think about creativity – Tom’s talk certainly will provide you with plenty of food for thought.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the talk, very  enlightening and will try out the techniques.”

“Very illuminating.”

This is an interactive presentation where you will experience one, if not two or more, actual light bulb moments.

Not only that but you will learn how to take the ideas you have and actually make them happen. You will learn about Whole Brain Thinking and Whole Mind Thinking and how our conscious minds can actually get in the way of the creative process.

Tom will help you breathe life into your problem or opportunity – this event could well change your direction this year and your life in general.

Come along with a problem or an opportunity and you might well walk away with a solution. This could well be just what you are looking for in these credit crunchy days. Remember there is no such thing as coincidence. If you are reading this, then it’s even possible that this event could be a pivotal moment in your life time.

So, if you want to have a blinding flash of inspiration to transform you or your business – look at the seminar schedule here

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The Bookwright is now an iMindMap Master Trainer

mastertrainerlogo_175Those of you who have been on my workshops and taken the Home Study Course know I use Mind Maps extensively.

Recently I have converted to iMindMap version 3 as, in my opinion, it is the only software product that truly allows you to easily map your mind – as opposed to merely mapping the cognitive brain. The difference is subtle and easily missed.

I am pleased to announce that I have qualified this week as a Licensed Instructor and Master Trainer for iMindMap. I am also setting up a service to develop and deliver on-line e-learning courses using the new user-interactive ELC facility.

If you want to experience the power of this deceptively simple software tool, here’s your options:

1. Download a free trial today from here

2. Experience it in a practical context by downloading the Unleash the Book Inside Home Study Course

3. Come along to the next Unleash the Book Inside Workshop – all attendees will get a free set of Mind Map templates to help them brainstorm and manage their book from creation to publication – and you will not only experience Whole Brain Thinking but also Whole Mind Thinking

4. Come to one of the iMindMap end user courses or even train to be a Licensed Instructor yourself – see the 2009 workshop schedule here

Integrating Mind Maps in Personal Timelines

Each of us operates in a three dimensional world. Our sense of up and down, backwards and forwards and left and right is embedded deep in our neurology and something we share with most of the animal kingdom. In evolutionary terms.

This sense must have evolved millions of years ago, probably in sea life that had more need for a 3-D map of the world than us land based creatures.

With the appearance of our conscious minds and our self awareness, a sense of time emerged that was not just linked to the diurnal rising of the Sun and Moon or the seasons. It’s probable that this facility is just a million or so years old. The fact that ancient astronomers could make amazing forward predictions like predicting the precession of the equinoxes means that is must have been fairly advanced by the time we came down from the trees. It’s possible that homo sapiens is alone in having this facility but perhaps a sense of the future, and the past, is something we share with elephants and cetaceans. This is a sense of time not to be confused with your dog simply wanting to go for a walk.

TimelinesWe not only have this sense of time but it appears we map it into our spatial dimensions. If you close your eyes and imagine where your past is, you are likely to say either behind or to the left of you. Or somewhere between, perhaps pointing downwards or upwards too or even in a three dimensional cone. Likewise, most people say that their future is to the front or right of them. Note that other strange spiral or reversed timelines also crop up.

Several therapeutic regression techniques make use of this phenomenon. You can take a person back into their past to help clear current emotional issues relating to past experiences. Psychological trauma also occurs while in the womb. If the therapist is so trained, regression also doesn’t even have to be limited solely to this lifetime.

Likewise, you can take a client into the future, get them to anchor the feeling of achieving a goal or success and then bring them back to the present. This seems to somehow entangle the present with the future and help people reach said goal. Amazing transformations can be made by a skilled practitioner using these techniques.

In our writing workshop and home study course, we make use of the tendency of the brain to encode time into our spatial awareness when constructing any time-based mind maps.

For example, when an author needs to change their schedule to generate time (or is it space?) to write, we find it useful to put the goals and change in behaviour into the position on the map corresponding with their future and past as seen in their personal timeline.

Using our visualisation techniques, the resulting map seems to embed itself into not only the memory, as all maps do, but into the neurology actually encouraging the behavioural change necessary to generate quality writing time.

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Other map layouts suit other time based activities. For example, if you are project planning a sequence of milestones, where there is no real emotional context, a clock face map seems easy to commit to memory.

For details of our writing workshops and home study courses, click here