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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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 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

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 ….

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.