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Writing tool to release creativity and organize ideas

Mind Mapping: A Thinking Tool for Writers
Try mind mapping (or ‘clustering’) to assess an illusive subject, or sort and organize a log jam of information. It’s a simple brain storming-style exercise. A flip chart page and coloured pens produce a large format reference, but a letter-sized sheet with a pencil works just as well.

Write a word that represents a problematic character or issue in the center and circle it.
Note and circle every idea that pops to mind—with no censoring or judging. Let the words fly at random. Keep working for two or three minutes, or until you run out of responses.
Review what you’ve […]

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Jane Wilson’s plans for retirement from a high stress social services job included writing. It’s in her blood. Her older sister Jocelyn Reekie has several books in print and Jane’s an avid reader. But two years passed by without any headway. (Sound familiar?) There’s her acreage in Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley, quilting, the odd round of golf, her grandchildren and her critters to fill Jane’s time. Meanwhile, her ideas for a historical fiction piece kept brewing. She had a complex tale in mind, with intriguing characters to match. The problem […]