I, unfortunately, am one of those outliners, though not usually with my books. I usually have a very loose outline that I may or may not follow as the book dictates. At first, I found the mapping technique difficult. There was no logic. No flowchart from one aspect to another - just lines and circles. Chaos theory in practice. But after a while, it seemed to make a kind of convoluted sense. On one large sheet, I could see all the pieces of the puzzle and how they connected, unlike my outline where I had to sift through pages of notes and might miss something.
In fact, the mind mapping caused a bit of a problem for my new WIP (work in progress). I had the beginnings of the story done but had run up against a roadblock - there wasn't enough going on for a novel. A nice short story, maybe. But not a novel. So I tried the mind-mapping. And came up with an entirely new story. Same characters, but going about things in an entirely different way. I can see possibilities with this start that I didn't with the other - but I liked the way the other one started. It was darker, richer in tone.
Can I incorporate it into the new beginning? Maybe. I don't know. I sent it off to my writing pals to get their opinions. In the meantime, I'm going to let it percolate and see what my brain comes up with.
Anyone got a really big sheet of blank paper?
Birthdays: R.D. Blackmore, Giovanni, Elizabeth Bowen, Gwendolyn Brooks
Tips and Teasers: If they made a movie of your life, what would the musical score sound like? Pick out the music.
Thought for the day: "Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary." – Francoise Sagan