Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mind Mapping for Authors

Before I start, I want to thank everyone who responded to my last post. Four kind souls volunteered to beta read Crimson & Cream, and two of them already finished (thanks +Lee Lyte & +Dominique Goodall!). I also received valuable feedback on the three potential book covers. If anyone else is interested in beta reading some epic fantasy, please let me know. Thank you!

Now, on to our regularly-scheduled program . . .

Mind mapping (aka concept or mental mapping) is a process designed to organize ideas into a visual outline format. Mind mapping is a way to capture and organize your concepts on a chart that can be expanded, modified, prioritized, and rearranged as you need. Mind mapping is conducive to:
  • Organized Brainstorming
  • Radiant Thinking
  • Dynamic visual diagramming
Why would mind mapping be a useful tool for an indie author? For the following reasons, and more:
  • Mind mapping is what you make it; there is no rigorous right or wrong with mind maps.
  • Outline your story visually.
  • Capture ideas and relationships grown from a central idea.
  • Create a framework for your chapters and scenes.
  • Create groups (characters, settings, story arcs) and subgroups.
  • Make placeholders for rogue ideas and save them for later integration.
This is not a "How To" post about mind mapping, rather a "Why To." There are plenty of great resources on mind mapping without me reinventing the wheel here, but below are some ways I've used mind mapping to help organize my storytelling:
  • Use shapes as placeholders for chapter ideas, add 'sibling' boxes for scenes, goals, characters, conflict, setting, and other components that make up your chapter.
  • Order and re-arrange your chapters (or scenes, etc.) with connecting arrows.
  • Use lines to connect dependent or related items.
  • Plop down ideas as fast as they come to you and sort them out later.
  • Create a 'template' and use it as a checklist.
There are plenty of free mind mapping programs available online. Currently, I use a program called VUE, but I've also been experimenting with MindMup, which lets you save directly to Google Drive.

Below is a flowchart I made in VUE for my upcoming book release. I started with a mind map of marketing ideas that I organized and refined and re-organized it until I had a step-wise road map I could use.

Author Update: I'm still finalizing the 2nd edition of Crimson & Cream in conjunction with addressing beta reader comments, while also finishing the latest batch of edits on Mirrors & Mist.

April 2014 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title April 2014, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Mind Mapping for Authors
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April 2014

Before I start, I want to thank everyone who responded to my last post. Four kind souls volunteered to beta read Crimson & Cream, and two of them already finished (thanks +Lee Lyte & +Dominique Goodall!). I also received valuable feedback on the three potential book covers. If anyone else is interested in beta reading some epic fantasy, please let me know. Thank you!

Now, on to our regularly-scheduled program . . .

Mind mapping (aka concept or mental mapping) is a process designed to organize ideas into a visual outline format. Mind mapping is a way to capture and organize your concepts on a chart that can be expanded, modified, prioritized, and rearranged as you need. Mind mapping is conducive to:

  • Organized Brainstorming
  • Radiant Thinking
  • Dynamic visual diagramming
Why would mind mapping be a useful tool for an indie author? For the following reasons, and more:
  • Mind mapping is what you make it; there is no rigorous right or wrong with mind maps.
  • Outline your story visually.
  • Capture ideas and relationships grown from a central idea.
  • Create a framework for your chapters and scenes.
  • Create groups (characters, settings, story arcs) and subgroups.
  • Make placeholders for rogue ideas and save them for later integration.
This is not a "How To" post about mind mapping, rather a "Why To." There are plenty of great resources on mind mapping without me reinventing the wheel here, but below are some ways I've used mind mapping to help organize my storytelling:
  • Use shapes as placeholders for chapter ideas, add 'sibling' boxes for scenes, goals, characters, conflict, setting, and other components that make up your chapter.
  • Order and re-arrange your chapters (or scenes, etc.) with connecting arrows.
  • Use lines to connect dependent or related items.
  • Plop down ideas as fast as they come to you and sort them out later.
  • Create a 'template' and use it as a checklist.
There are plenty of free mind mapping programs available online. Currently, I use a program called VUE, but I've also been experimenting with MindMup, which lets you save directly to Google Drive.

Below is a flowchart I made in VUE for my upcoming book release. I started with a mind map of marketing ideas that I organized and refined and re-organized it until I had a step-wise road map I could use.

Author Update: I'm still finalizing the 2nd edition of Crimson & Cream in conjunction with addressing beta reader comments, while also finishing the latest batch of edits on Mirrors & Mist.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All About Me (or, A Desperate Plea for Help!)

Today, I'm going to veer from my normal formula where I share a helpful, writing-related tidbit with you. Instead, I'm going to talk about my writing, and ask for some assistance. Truth be told, the reason I started blogging is because everything I read said authors need to blog. So I blogged. Turns out, I enjoy it and think I've helped a few people out over the years, but at the heart of it all is my writing.

If you've been following my brief author updates at the end of each blog post, you know I plan to self-publish a second edition re-release of my first novel, Crimson & Cream, as well as debut the second book of the trilogy; Mirrors & Mist.

Since Crimson & Cream's release in 2012, I hired a wonderful new editor (R.J. Blain) to review my second novel. However, because it is book two of a trilogy, I also enlisted R.J. to review Crimson & Cream, so she wouldn't have to start in the middle of the trilogy. R.J. provided some fantastic feedback and ideas and I decided to incorporate those revisions into a second edition, and re-release Crimson & Cream with new cover art, a world map, and a glossary, along with the newly-edited text.

Now, here comes the part where I ask for help. While I'm incorporating R.J.'s edits and suggestions into Mirrors & Mist, I'd like to get the 'New & Improved' version of Crimson & Cream in the hands of some beta readers (of which, I currently have none). This is where you come in. I want to start my 'casting call' here on my blog, to give those most familiar with me and my writing the chance to get involved.

So here's my pitch: if you're interested in a free e-book of Crimson & Cream and are willing to provide me your feedback, I'll also give you free advanced copies of Mirrors & Mist and the final book, Warlock & Wyrm (working title) for free (when they are finished), regardless of your continued role as a beta reader (although I hope you would continue beta reading throughout the trilogy, and beyond).

Crimson & Cream is the first book of a character-driven, epic fantasy trilogy that takes place in a traditional fantasy setting. If you'd like to know more about Crimson & Cream before deciding, my web page is the place to find it: http://cmskiera.yourresearchhelp.com/  I'm also happy to answer any questions you may have. There's really no commitment--even if you don't read the book or provide feedback, I won't ask for the e-book back. Also, if you know someone who might be interested, please pass the information along.

Also, below, I've included three versions of the potential new cover, and would love to hear your opinions. Thank you!



April 2014 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title April 2014, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : All About Me (or, A Desperate Plea for Help!)
link : All About Me (or, A Desperate Plea for Help!)

Read Also


April 2014

Today, I'm going to veer from my normal formula where I share a helpful, writing-related tidbit with you. Instead, I'm going to talk about my writing, and ask for some assistance. Truth be told, the reason I started blogging is because everything I read said authors need to blog. So I blogged. Turns out, I enjoy it and think I've helped a few people out over the years, but at the heart of it all is my writing.

If you've been following my brief author updates at the end of each blog post, you know I plan to self-publish a second edition re-release of my first novel, Crimson & Cream, as well as debut the second book of the trilogy; Mirrors & Mist.

Since Crimson & Cream's release in 2012, I hired a wonderful new editor (R.J. Blain) to review my second novel. However, because it is book two of a trilogy, I also enlisted R.J. to review Crimson & Cream, so she wouldn't have to start in the middle of the trilogy. R.J. provided some fantastic feedback and ideas and I decided to incorporate those revisions into a second edition, and re-release Crimson & Cream with new cover art, a world map, and a glossary, along with the newly-edited text.

Now, here comes the part where I ask for help. While I'm incorporating R.J.'s edits and suggestions into Mirrors & Mist, I'd like to get the 'New & Improved' version of Crimson & Cream in the hands of some beta readers (of which, I currently have none). This is where you come in. I want to start my 'casting call' here on my blog, to give those most familiar with me and my writing the chance to get involved.

So here's my pitch: if you're interested in a free e-book of Crimson & Cream and are willing to provide me your feedback, I'll also give you free advanced copies of Mirrors & Mist and the final book, Warlock & Wyrm (working title) for free (when they are finished), regardless of your continued role as a beta reader (although I hope you would continue beta reading throughout the trilogy, and beyond).

Crimson & Cream is the first book of a character-driven, epic fantasy trilogy that takes place in a traditional fantasy setting. If you'd like to know more about Crimson & Cream before deciding, my web page is the place to find it: http://cmskiera.yourresearchhelp.com/  I'm also happy to answer any questions you may have. There's really no commitment--even if you don't read the book or provide feedback, I won't ask for the e-book back. Also, if you know someone who might be interested, please pass the information along.

Also, below, I've included three versions of the potential new cover, and would love to hear your opinions. Thank you!