My friend tried to leave a comment on the blog, but it vanished into thin air. Here's what she wanted to say- it makes me realise that actually with the addition of a few small words I do have the ability to say what i'm thinking.
I was impressed by your mind map, acknowledging that my own insatiable itch always to verbalise (hence why I'm unnecessarily verbose at times) does have a downside: It can draw me away dangerously far from my initial concept, especially if I get mired in wordiness. Also: That if you could turn each relationship between one pair of connected thoughts into a sentence (or more, if needed), that's your whole thing verbalised! I might mind map next time I want to describe a thought process. :)
I've struggled for years with note taking, I write copious notes, but what actually goes in- once I started to use these kind of maps and diagrams things start to make a lot more sense. I love maps and diagrams so that shouldn't be much of a surprise- maybe I can submit my entire MA in map form? Last year I joked that I would submit my essay on 2000 post it notes- and let my tutor compile it, didn't go through with that, but it's the thought that counts!