App Wednesday – Mind Map App – say that five times real fast…


Mind maps have been around for years. Go deep into the recesses of your brain, past the memories of leg warmers and Led Zeppelin albums and you probably faintly recall doing something like the above pic in some high school class. By using a mind map, you can identify and understand the structure of a subject. More than simply taking notes, you can see the way that pieces of information fit together. A mind map can also encourage creative problem solving because the format used can be something that your mind finds easy to remember and quick to review in the brainstorming process.

There are several mind mapping apps out there. I have an iPhone and I’ve found that, like many apps, the simpler the better. SimpleMind Xpress is a very simple way to create a mind map. I’ve used both an Excel spreadsheet to make outlines for my books and mind maps, and I can say that using mind maps really helps to “double check” my work, and make sure that every character’s story is correct.

So if you haven’t mind mapped since high school, give it a try. If you’ve got a smartphone, you may want to give SimpleMind Xpress a try. And of course, report back to us on how well you did!


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author. Bestselling author Sandra Brown recently had this to say about Mark’s latest novel, The Brink: “[The Brink] is a hell of a read. The chemistry between [the main characters] Danny and Sydney is terrific. The action sequences were heart-pounding!” Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at

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