Mind maps are an interesting tool becuase you either like to use them, or you do not, and when you do, you can do a lot with them when you are doing large writing, research or development projects. Or they just look pretty. This last week I was having coffee with a neighbour who brought up the topic of mind maps and her writing. This got me thinking about mind maps and there relationship to me in my little corner of the universe.
Back in the day, just over a year ago now, I used mind maps for my last research paper that involved a lot of statistical work. The paper in its finished product was only three quarters writing, and the rest was graphs and tables from the research data that I had collected. I employed the use of mind maps for mapping out my work so that I could follow the format of a academic research paper. So mind mapping really benefited me when I had all of my subject matter, ideas and thoughts and layout ready for the final edit. I should also add that mind mapping really does not help when typing out a blog post, or any short writing task for me.
Up until my days taking computer science, all of my essay planning took the form of either brain storming/free writing, cloud or mind mapping, or just winging a paper and editing it on the fly with the word processor. Most of my everyday writing is just me and the word processor, just simply becuase of ease and flexibility that a computer and word processing software bring. But I do have an attachment with mind mapping.
One of the best “free” mind mapping software out in the cyber universe is FreeMind. As far as I know it still works with Macs, possibly on Window$, but works perfect with Linux! If you have a super big writing project, and you hate hundreds of scrap pages piled all over the place, yet value fast and flexible means of spewing your thoughts down in text, then give this program a try.