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Mini-Quiz: Using Graphical Outlines

by Ron Kurtus (revised 25 April 2003)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What is writer's block?

When a writer can't get new ideas

Software to block out certain writers

A method of stimulating the thinking process

2. How is the creative process stimulated?

By taking stimulants or depressants

In a very linear and logical order

Randomly, by association of images and words

3. Is graphical outlining software superior to pencil and paper?

It depends on your working style

Provided it is not too expensive

Pencil and paper are obsolete

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Writing. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Be creative in ways to increase your creativity

Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Eight Steps to Mindmapping

Outlining Enhances Creativity and Productivity

Writing Resources


Software used for graphical outlining:

MindGenius - Business mind-mapping software

Inspiration - A graphical outliner or mind-mapping application aimed at younger students

Mindmapper - Another good mind-mapping tool.


The following books may be purchased from

Mapping Inner Space : Learning and Teaching Mind Mapping by Nancy Marguilis, Zepher Press, 1991 ($32.00)
Provides exercises for learning mind mapping or graphical outlining.

Mindmapping : Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving by Joyce Wycoff, Berkley Pub. Group, 1991 ($12.95)
Practical guide to putting creative powers to work.

Use Both Sides of Your Brain by Tony Buzan, E.P. Dutton Publisher, 1991 ($12.36).
Good book on creative techniques.

The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan, Plume Pub., 1996 ($18.36).
Shows how to use Buzan's version of the graphical outlining technique.

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