“I have plotted it out — now I only need to write it.”
Some New Yorker Comic
A colleague of mine writes the papers for his dissertation at the moment — using mind maps. While I prefer Circus Ponies Notebook and Outlines, I think his approach has a lot of merit for the more visually minded.
The uses the nodes of the mind map to create a structure he can easily grasp and the commentary fields to the nodes to write the text. The mind map structure gives him a hierarchical order (indispensable if you want to make a text out of it) and the ability to quickly reorder elements of the text. If the work is finished, he exports the mind map as text, which gives him a good first draft of the final text.
According to my colleague, a lot of people work this way and use the platform-independent and OpenSource program Freeplane.
Perhaps this approach is something for you.
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