Mindmaps

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher Mindmap AdSMy professional writing requires reading lots of books, reports, newspaper articles, etc. to find out what we miss and what we need in old, unsolved homicides: case analyses.

The way to absorb all the information before I can write down my thoughts, is a process all on its own.

If the case doesn’t have a lot of things to read, a few notes or a list might suffice. However, if there is a lot going on, books were written, movies were made, or various investigative organizations explored the case, etc. then I need mindmaps. 

EARONS initial analysisMindmaps allow me to wander across the pages of my notebook while I try to sort my thoughts.

I write down keywords, main characters, evidence pieces, questions that pop up, to try to connect the dots.

I use this technique too when I read to write book review. It helps me follow plotlines.

Stephanie Crowe fountain pen Mindmap AdSThe big advantage for me is questioning myself. Once I start writing, I have to ask myself why I made that connection, why I added a keyword to a person’s name, or why I think that there was something missing, etc.

What do you do when you have to absorb a good chunk of information? Do you use mindmaps?