Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar


Mind Map

Mind-mapping: Using the Way We Think to Create Story

Are you a pantster or a plotter? Or some combination of both ends of the spectrum?

Most of us fall somewhere in the middle but, regardless, mind-mapping can launch your planning abilities into the stratosphere! A mind map is a simple tool that utilizes the way our brains work to capture the ideas floating around in our heads. It can free up your thinking, help you to collect knowledge and information, and create new pathways of creativity. It might even make you a better thinker!

Mind-mapping, although it's perfect for writing, also can be used for anything you need to keep straight in your head, from characters to a series of books to a plan for marketing and promoting. It's an amazing tool that frees us from the unyielding structure of Roman numerals and lets our imagination soar!

This is a class that will help beginners to organize their thoughts but Master Writers will be able to create believable story structures for a single book or a multi-book series.

What you’ll learn:

  • How your brain works
  • Right brain vs. left brain and how they both are necessary to create amazing stories
  • How to plan a book, a series, a schedule, almost any plan, in a way that works for even far-right-brained folks

Who should take this course:

  • Anyone who wants to write compelling, believable stories
  • Anyone who would like more organization in their life
  • Anyone ready to take their writing to the next level

Lesson Plan

Lesson One:

  • How our brains process information
  • Use creative instead of linear thinking

Lesson Two:

  • Basic mind-mapping
  • The difference between by hand and by computer
  • Create a simple map

Lesson Three:

  • Mapping a simple story
  • Structure and planning and creativity

Lesson Four:

  • Create a whole world with a mind map
  • Explore levels of mind mapping to create a series

Lesson Five:

  • Using mind-mapping for other purposes – marketing, promotion, organization
  • Exploring mind-mapping software options

Every lesson comes with reference material and homework assignments.


Sarah (Sally) Hamer

Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they ‘tick’ and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction – and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University – S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors.




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