Steve Rothwell, writing in his Peace of Mind blog, recently posted a very concise, well organized description of how he utilizes MindManager for writing (these principles apply no matter which mind mapping program you use). Here is an overview of the steps he takes:
- Create an overview map containing the main events or elements as first-level topics
- For each topic in the overview, create a linked map and add detailed notes to these maps
- When all of the topic maps have been completed, he consolidates all of their contents back into one large map.
- He exports the contents of this mega-map to Microsoft Word for editing and formatting.
This "how-to" post is copiously illustrated with images depicting each step in the process. Nicely done!