I was first introduced to the concept in the early 1990’s with the book “Writing the Natural Way”, but was reminded this morning about it from Sandy at the Purple Wren and Sean at Craphammer who linked to Tony Buzan the author of Mind Mapping and many other books. I’ve read two of his books and they really make sense. Visualize the ideas flowing and growing organically instead of write with words in a linear fashion. The brain radiates out with thoughts like a tree branch, the nervous system or circulation system or not linearly like an outline you might write for English class.
This is an awesome tool. Although I love writing with words, using visuals is much stronger. It would especially be stronger if I had any artistic ability at all. So I end up mind mapping with words, rather than sketches.
It’s great for people who are maybe more creative than analytical because it applies a left brain approach to many things that are normally a right brain activity. And getting both sides of your brain going,
It really really helps with writers block. Although Stephen Covey talked about beginning with the end in mind, he maybe didn’t realize how stifling that can be when writing. I’ve seen many writers who don’t want to give themselves a rough draft, a doodle draft, a rev 1, 2, 3… they want to write it once and have it be the final copy.
Many sources, including the note books of Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Winston Churchill have been found to contain notes or drawings that are similar to, or follow a sub-set of the Mind Mapping rules.
Tony Buzan now has software which is shown in a YouTube video in the link under his name, but I’d have to try the software before I endorsed it. However I do know the freehand version of this concept works for me.