Map Madness and 101 Challenge 14

Maps are a very useful thing

Whether it be for wandering streets in reality or the depths of the mind. As children, many of us were taught to use various methods of planning. One such method? Mind maps.

However, even for an auditory learner like me, visual maps are somewhat essential. I’ve come to find making even simple maps in Paint just to name the roads in a story’s town handy- and marking off where places are can be a real aid. It’s like making my own (albeit crappy quality) GPS!

SoS City Map

I’ve also been enjoying mapping in my game development works. In fact, I made a fair few maps recently and taped a playtest of the first couple minutes of the game (which, obviously, is still a work in progress). It showed me there were bugs, but it also made me feel pride for my maps- and my sense of humor. Please feel free to take a look!

And finally…A little about mind mapping itself, and how it can help you learn more about your own person:

I’m the type that gets confused easily. My own mind often feels clouded, and I’m often dreading trying to make sense when I speak. For me, I’ve always been better writing my thoughts on paper or the computer rather than speaking them. I know I’m not the only one whose ever felt that way.

Do you ever feel like the words coming from your mouth just don’t make the point like they did in your head? Sometimes, even if just for yourself, writing it down can help. Writing helps me with a lot of things, actually. If I’m stuck on a decision, I make a chart sometimes of the good and bad of both sides- sometimes as a Venn Diagram, sometimes as a list, and sometimes just as a stream of consciousness. Whatever helps you strive is a good tool- and mapping the mind is surely good for your heart and sanity (if such a thing exists in you).

I’ll write more about things like more use of charts and stream of consciousness later. 🙂

Today’s Challenge: A list of your favorite industry blogs

To be totally honest, I’m still finding and catching up on blogs that fit my niche…And by niche, I mean literally anything and everything. I love blogs about lots of things: about plants, about people’s daily lives, about writing…I even love blogs about blogs sometimes! However, because it’s usually just mild surfing, I don’t honestly pay that much attention. Today’s real challenge is to start paying a better look at the blogs I visit, and keep a closer eye on them!

I hope you’ll keep a close eye on me too…
Maybe even nudge me with recommendations or reminders!
Wouldn’t it be fun to share?
Like a book club for blogs!

A Nifty New Banner and Research

Today I haven’t done much, but I did start doing more work on the site. I’m sure the moment you looked, you saw that I’d made a banner for myself. I learned during uploading that I didn’t have to go as crazy as I did trying to size it, because I can crop it through WordPress…But I did pretty well on sizing anyway, so that was convenient!

I also made a button for if I get put on sites. I’m likely going to work on an ‘affiliates’ page sometime soon, including friends and resources and the like. I’ll share it here, so tell me…Do you think it’s too big?

Outside of site work, I’m currently lurking the web to look at the variety of ways people outline for projects, since I want to work on planning more efficiently. I got a link to a nifty article about outlining on DeviantArt today actually, from someone who started doing articles themselves. They didn’t have on on the subject, so when I asked if they’d do one, they opted to direct me there in the meantime. I plan to ask other writers what they do to plan and how they outline too.

So, whether you’re a creative writer or someone who outlines for other projects alike…How do YOU outline to plan out your work?