How To Write A Book With MindManager

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Michael Deutch

February 18, 2009

I love it when everything is in alignment! I’ve been doing a lot of writing recently for Mindjet…blogs, articles, etc… This morning I listened to a Get-It-Done Guy podcast about how to use MindManager to improve your writing.

Who is the Get-It-Done Guy? If you haven’t heard of the Get-It-Done Guy yet, he hosts one of the most successful business podcasts on iTunes. Stever Robbins is a successful entrepreneur, Harvard MBA, and MIT grad whose mission is helping people reach their dreams and be happy doing it. He’s a veteran startup survivor and published author.

In the podcast, the Get-It-Done Guy shared how he has been using MindManager to write his book!

How can MindManager help write a book you ask? For starters, it helps you see the big picture, organize your writing into a logical flow and allows you to focus your attention on one section at a time. You can map out all of your topics & sections and do your detailed writing in the notes pane. After creating and fine-tuning your map, you can use MindManager’s export to send your finished writing directly to Microsoft Word.

Update: Stever has shared a map template to illustrate his podcast example: My Big Book.

Are you using MindManager to help you write? Share your writing & mapping tips below!

7 Responses to “How To Write A Book With MindManager”

  1. Bee

    This podcast was a disappointment.

    Instead of “How to write a book using MindManager” it should be “I did write a book using MindManager.”

    Which template is the best to use to get started?

    I didn’t see anything helpful about the podcast other than the host announcing that he used the software. That’s it.

  2. Hans Terhurne

    A few years ago I wrote my book ‘Process Mapping’ for 95% with MindManager. It gave me the overview and thus the possibility to rearrange items until the end. The export to Word, a review and some small corrections cost the last 5%.

  3. Mark Nieuwenhuizen

    Can’t see myself writing a novel this way but I use Mindmanager from building businessplans to currently editing a book on authentication.

    The easy way of going back and forth in large amounts of text is so much easier in a mindmap. It’s also usefull that in one single view you can see what subjects need work.

    Mark Nieuwenhuizen

  4. Fernando

    I often have to create medium-large reports (50 to 200 pages) and I use MindManager for about 90-95% of it, just like you describe: see big picture, organize flow, create actual text in notes pane. A couple of things I do:
    – color-code each major section to indicate status of completion (RYG) giving me a pretty accurate view of how far along I am.
    – when writing the report, each key idea starts as a branch under the appropriate section. Only after I wrote the text related to that idea do I delete the branch.

    Hope this helps.