This is a mind map of the book I’m working on right now. I produced this map over the course of several months last year using toketaWare’s brilliant iThoughts programme. It served as a depositary for my flashes of inspiration and random thoughts and enabled me to map these against timelines and various story arc models. I referred to it when I started Draft Zero but didn’t look at it thereafter because my story and characters were already evolving. (I think even the names have changed now.)
I’ve used iThoughts for several years now to plan everything from new flower beds to resuscitation lectures. It’s intuitive, endlessly adaptable (the map above collapses down into six little thought bubbles), and the pleasing graphics and colours and the gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit 😉
I’ll probably start a new iThoughts map soon to off-load the ideas I have simmering away for book 3.
Interesting stuff. Any of this generated automatically… helping speed up the building process?
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You can set preferences so formatting stays consistent and there may well be other tricks but once you’ve learnt the basic short-cuts it’s incredibly quick and easy to use. I started with iThoughts as a beta programme several years ago and use it in quite a basic fashion; I think there is now a lot more functionality than I personally need 😉