Unleash your Book with iMindMap

I have been mind mapping for many years and it has really helped me increase my creativity and productivity – as well as giving me unprecedented clarity over what I am working on.

Although I am comfortable with maintaining my creativity while working on a computer, for many people, the very use of a keyboard, screen and mouse, switches the left brain into dominant mode – thus suppressing the creative right hemisphere.

For this reason, on my workshops and in the Home Study online course, I recommend that, at least, the early maps are done with paper and pen.

Imagine my surprise when I came across the latest version of iMindMap from Tony Buzan. At last, mind mapping software which doesn’t constrain the user to a rigid framework. It uses a clever vector graphics engine so that the map is not limited by the technology or the screen in a rectilinear fashion. As such, it can be introduced much earlier in the creative writing process.

For authors who have taken the Home Study course, if you purchase iMindMap, I will send you a free set of mind map templates to help you plan, execute and manage your book project.

You can get a free trial and purchase iMindMap here

mastertrainerlogo_175Latest News: Nov ’08: I have now qualified as a Master Trainer for the software.

I am running a series of training courses in the South East of England in 2009 – for dates and booking and to find out how to Change Your Mind, click here

For more about Mind Maps work, watch this short video ….

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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.

Why authors should use Mind Maps

I use Mind Mapping daily to organise, store and expand my thought processes. My current novel exists as a wall sized mind map which I add to as new research and knowledge comes my way.

Mind Map templateSo when I started mentoring authors, it was only natural I used them – both over the Internet using desktop sharing and in the workshop using good old paper and coloured pencils.

It got me thinking though as to why they were so good as tools in the creative process & here’s what came to me.

Mind Maps are about more than just getting your thoughts down on paper in an organic fashion.

The left hemisphere is known as the logical controlling part of the brain – it has it’s uses but can suppress the creative right hemisphere. Perhaps it does this like the devil on the shoulder whispering internally things like, “Don’t be stupid, no-one will want to read your book.” or “When are you going to find time to write?”.

Mind mappingWhen presented with a Mind Map, the left brain can be tricked into thinking that there’s a logical problem to tackle and may say, “I like structure, let me deal with that.”

The right brain can then seize it’s moment and while the left brain is busy analysing the size, shape and detail of the map, it can unleash it’s full creativity – sort of under the radar.

What actually happens is slightly less subversive. The map encourages the two hemispheres to operate in harmony – in ‘whole brain thinking’. When the map is complete, you get even more benefits.

The map itself becomes not only committed to memory but is actually stored in the brain as a neural pathway.

This pathway radiates out to the cosmic mind with it’s full intention and then the coincidences and enlightenments start to happen ….. and where it gets really funky is when you embed your timeline into the map – more on both of these subjects later …

Click here to get a mind map that describes this article diagramatically

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If you are interested in mind mapping and want to do it on computer, I use and recommend iMindmap which is available as a free trial download for both PC, Linux and Mac

Download a trial version here