Are you using mind maps? They’re powerful tools you can use in many ways to overcome obstacles, find solutions, and get motivated. They help writers and other creatives to become more creative and productive.
When I mentor writers and authors, they’ve opted for mentoring because they’re frustrated. When you’re battling in the trenches of your writing career, it’s hard to gain perspective. One writer was ready to give up writing completely, until he created a mind map to help him to gain perspective.
Mind maps help you to overcome stress and gain perspective
When things go wrong and you’re feeling stressed, spend five minutes and create a mind map. It will help you to gain perspective, and see solutions to challenges more easily.
Let’s look at a process you can use in a little more detail. No time? You can do this in minutes, no matter where you are, with a notepad and pen.
1. Experiment with the WOOP process: obstacles, solutions, and plans
WOOP is an acronym for Wish, Outcome, Obstacles, and Plans. Although you can create a single map, with your goal at the center, and the WOOP elements radiating from it, it can be useful to create a separate diagram for your obstacles.
Start by creating a brain dump of your obstacles. Then add them to a map—insights and ideas will appear, as if by magic.
Next, look at your goals, and solutions.
2. Your goals: create a new diagram
Add the solutions you’ve spotted to a new diagram with your most important goal at the center. Think creatively, and be positive. Even if a solution seems far-fetched, or currently impossible, add it anyway.
Which solution is most appealing? Pick one.
3. Pick a solution, and create a strategy
Put your chosen solution at the center of a map, then brainstorm a strategy, right on your map.
Implement the strategy immediately.
Use quick diagrams to help all your writing
Stress can cause writing blocks. Whenever you find yourself blocked, create a mind map to find solutions. Then create a strategy, and take a small step immediately: your motivation will grow.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.