Mind mapping allows you to visually and creatively represent ideas and their connections.
Write the central idea or topic in the center of your paper.
List subtopics or supporting points radiating from and connected to that central idea.
Connect further supporting details to those subtopics or supporting points.
Consider using color or images to provide yourself with plenty of visual cues.
Keep your labels brief and clear.
Create your mind map by drawing or using mind mapping software like Coggle
Quickly record any ideas or questions about your topic.
Write them in a bulleted list or all over a page.
Avoid editing or limiting your ideas.
Star or circle important points and draw lines to indicate connections.
Set a period of time (e.g. five minutes) and write about your topic without stopping.
Relax and let your ideas flow without editing their form or content.
After you finish, circle useful ideas or ones that you wish to explore further.
Pick a prewriting strategy that works best for you. If you are a visual learner, try using a mind map. You may prefer the linear, organized practice of brainstorming a bulleted list. Freewriting may get you writing when you feel stuck.
Purdue Online Writing Lab, 2012.