2011 JOURNAL REVISITED!

Yes, yes, I realize that 2011 is not over yet! However, I have spent some moments, recently, looking through my  journal, a red, soft-covered, unlined book. My preference for writing journals is to use blank pages!

2011 JOURNAL

In this journal, I have made notes, written poems, comments and paragraphs. I have mind mapped goals, sketched and outlined story ideas. Also, I have inserted many items: newspaper clippings, photos, handmade books, leaves (now pressed and dry!), even a prayer card.

MONTHLY MIND MAP

Overall, it has been reassuring, even hopeful, to review the contents of this catch-all journal. Some new ideas are generating themselves, as I read. I have shared my journal overview. How is yours looking as we wind down this year?

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NEW YEAR! MIND MAP YOUR NEW PLAN!

SUMMER MIND MAP ON RECYCLED PAPER

As January is flying by, I thought I would share  my mind mapping strategy for planning my writing plan directions this year.

In a Guest Post at WM Freelance Writers Connection, I outlined how I sketched out my 2011 plans for writing by genre and by possible specific topics. You can read the post and see the mind map at http://t.co/XU0uoI2 .

Mind mapping has worked well for me. I like the process of starting with a central topic, theme, and, then, using coloured markers or ink, branching out in varied directions.

When I look back at this mind map, I can check off finished items and,  also, note what I have yet to do. This works especially well with the monthly mind map shown here.

Give it a try.  Let me know how it goes for you!