It has been a couple weeks since I started on my first draft of my first novel. It’s a very intimidating project because I’ve never written a book before. I’ve also never considered myself a writer before, so this new title taking some getting used to.
Yet, in going through the process, I am learning a lot about different tools for writers and about important steps for completing this project, or any project.
As I go through this I will be taking you through learning how to become a writer, and how to publish. If writing the novel is something that you wanted to do, but haven’t done yet, join me on the adventure because I am leaving a trail of insight as I figure it out! If you’re not interested in writing a book, still stick around, because these same steps can be applied and helpful for ANY goal or project.
I started my first draft about two weeks ago. In my last blog post, I talked about motivation. Motivation is the key to finishing any project, goal, or resolution. Motivation is your reason for doing what you’re doing; it is the engine that drives you.
Once you understand the reason you are making your goal in the first place, what outcome you want to achieve, now it’s time to define your methods and options.
In order to do that, it helps to brainstorm. Brainstorming and mind-mapping are wonderful tools to bring focus to your priorities. It gets all of your fantastic ideas out on the paper (or screen) so that you can choose one at a time. This helps create targeted efficiency, enables you to get more done faster and maintain higher quality. It essentially helps to “declutter” your mind so that you are less distracted and know what to do and when.
I’m sure there are several mind-mapping programs available these days, but I haven’t really looked into them. I have been using one that’s called, “Coggle,” which has worked well for me so far.
Coggle has helped me to create a bucket, or tree, of ideas that I can always go back to when I get stuck or want to start a new project. I can create multiple “coggles” and keep them saved in my account for any number of projects or ideas. I can have one for blog ideas, start one for books, another for my website, for volunteer or community service projects, or anything else.
If you want to bring clarity to your ideas and create focused goals with defined priorities, start with brain storming and mind-mapping. They basically mean the same thing, but I think mind-mapping is more about identifying the connections between ideas, rather than just keeping an unorganized list. So, you might start with a main idea, then make a line branching off of that idea to create a subtopic or idea related to the main topic. Eventually you may have a web of branches and sub-branches that break down the contents of one big goal.
Check out Coggle or use whatever other method you prefer, and start visually seeing all of your ideas on one place, then organizing them according to their sub-components and prioritize them so that you can focus your attention on one thing at a time. Your efficiency and quality of work on each part will increase if you take the time to organize your thoughts and clear your head from having to hold all the clutter of so many differing ideas clashing.
Happy mapping! Make your storm, and dance in the rain!
Do you have other methods that work well for organizing your thoughts and ideas? Please share them in the comments section below! I’d love to hear about them and it may be very useful to other readers! Thanks for sharing!
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NOTE: I am looking for volunteers to help me with my new book by giving feedback on short sections! If you help, I will give you a free e-copy of the book when it’s published! For more information and to sign up, click HERE!
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