Indie Author Weekly

044: How to use mind mapping to write a book

January 28, 2020 Sagan Morrow Episode 45
Indie Author Weekly
044: How to use mind mapping to write a book
Show Notes

Learn how to use mind mapping to write a book in this episode, featuring a real-life example to make it easier for you to visualize and tips for creating your own mind map. Use these mind mapping tips for authors and make it easy and fun to write your book!

When your host Sagan Morrow isn't writing romance novels and hosting this podcast, my day job involves teaching productivity tips and action-oriented strategic planning to multi-passionate creatives. 

I recently published an article about how to use mind mapping in your business on the blog, and in that article, I talk about how mind mapping is a handy—and fun—tool for saving time, getting clarity, improving focus, and working more efficiently on your projects. And I’ve included a step-by-step guide in that blog post for how to use mind mapping in your business. If you’re interested in checking that out, visit

Right now, I’m slowly getting started with writing Her Bad Idea, which is Book 7 in my Polyamorous Passions series, and I decided to take my own advice… and use mind mapping as a tool to write the book! 

I thought it would be fun for this episode of Indie Author Weekly to share a bit about that process for mind mapping as an author. 

Mind mapping is a very straightforward practice. Basically, it’s a sort of organized brain dump and brainstorm of ideas. You’re getting a whole bunch of thoughts and ideas all in one space, and mapping them out to connect the dots between your ideas. 

It’s one thing to have all of your ideas for a book in your head or even in a Google doc, but it’s a whole other things to have them laid out visually and in a single space. With that in mind, I decided to use mind mapping to write Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series. I took out a large piece of poster paper, which is propped up on a handy stand, and I grabbed a handful of colour-coded markers and went to it. 

Okay, I’m now going to explain to you what this particular mind map looks like, but if you want to see an actual photo of it as a work in progress, then you can get that on the “secret” version of this podcast at So, go check that out if you want to see the real-life visual of it as I’m explaining it here.   

All right, we have our poster paper and our colour-coded markers... 

Tune into this episode to learn about mind mapping for creative writing!  

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