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

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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.

yourtimeline_450

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

Most thoughts aren’t your own …

Find out and experience the difference between internal and external thought by getting one of the last three places at the next Unleash the Book Inside workshop on the 20th & 21st of October – near Guildford, Surrey – UK

You will experience at least three different modes of consciousness and thinking that will transform your world forever … as well as …

… experiencing what happens when you integrate mind maps directly into your neurology

… experiencing the difference between internal and external thought and how to channel

… finding out how you can access all past emotions with detachment and disassociation

… learning how to become inextricably entangled with the future version of yourself who has achieved success as a published author

If you can’t make it, your second best option is to download the home study course

Details on both here – http://thebookwright.com/workshops/

iMindMap – Mind Mapping for authors

Buzan's iMindMapAs those of you who have attended my workshops or taken the correspondence course know, I am a great fan of Mind Mapping.

For many years, I have used a software programme called Mind Manager from MindJet and it is brilliant with loads of uses. My feeling though is that is mainly a visualisation tool and, as such, it maps the conscious brain not necessarily the mind. I will continue to use it for some business applications.

To build the new Unleash the Book Inside Home Study Course, I thought I’d try Tony Buzan’s iMindMap software – especially as it’s now in version 3 and I have to say that I am a big convert.

Apart from allowing me to generate visually stunning graphics for the course, all the beta testers report that they really understood the concepts I was getting across. It appears that these maps, coupled with the brain entrainment audio I am using, are being integrated at the unconscious mind level – which of course is just great for learning.

Furthermore, people seem to be getting amazing results from using the guided visualisation that embeds the mind map in their neurology. I suspect therefore that the ‘learnings’ are leaking into the minds beyond too.

My view is that for anyone engaged in a creative process, you should seriously consider using iMindMap. As you can get a free trial, there nothing to lose anyway.

And if you purchase the Home Study pack 3, I’ve bundled all the mind maps used in the creation of the courseware.

Get your copy today and become a published author the easy way.


Unleash the Book Inside Correspondence Course

Unleash the Book Inside You

Unleash the Book Inside You

I am now delivering this successful workshop as correspondence course on a 1-2-1 basis anywhere in the world.

The course is designed for people who want to write a book but don’t know where to start.

It consists of a set of easy to follow exercises and two hours of 1-2-1 telephone mentoring (or you can come and see me in person if you live in the South East of England).

At the end of the course, you will have the motivation to write your book, a writing plan and publication strategy.

You’ll also learn how to get your book content delivered in your sleeping and meditation time and how to get both sides of your brain in sync.

As part of the mentoring process, we will identify any blocks and deal with them.

Download a brochure for the correspondence course

You will also learn how writing your book will change your life path.

Writing my first book ended up with me walking around London in a bra for 26 miles and now mentoring other authors on how to write their books.

Your book will be just about the best ‘business card’ you can ever have. It will open doors for you, give you and your business new credibility

AND … it is easier than ever to get published and get your words out there.

Embedding Personal Timelines in Mind Maps

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 techniques, such as Timeline Therapy®, 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, this 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.

yourtimeline_450

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