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Mind Mapping as a Tool for the Writing Process

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Mind Mapping as a Tool for the Writing Process
When I worked as a peer writing consultant at my university, students would often bring in drafts of essays that met all of the formal requirements of their assignments but lacked creativity and complexity. While these students were receptive to minor, sentence-level suggestions from me, related to grammar, word choice, or formatting guidelines, I found that they were uninterested in discussing the ideas behind their writing.

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Writing with good formatting ≠ good writing.

Writing with good formatting ≠ good writing.

Formatting with paragraphs, an introduction and a conclusion is not the central component of good writing.

The underlying purpose behind writing is to communicate information and is composed fundamentally of ideas.

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Mind mapping: A tool for all writers

Mind mapping: A tool for all writers

Mind Mapping is a tool to support writing processes. It provides a space for negotiating the tension between form and formlessness—the negotiation that is at the heart of the creative process.

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