If you are having trouble organizing your note cards and your thoughts, try mind mapping your epic. Think about important persons, places, alternate names (Are some of those names in current use today?), and themes in your story. Then make a map with your epic's title at the center and the important themes in circles that branch off from the main one. Secondary ideas branch off from the main themes and facets.
To learn more about mind mapping visit Massey University's Mind Mapping Site. The illustration on the left side of this box is an example of a mind map for the Tale of the Heiki.
|Mali (Empire)||Historical Kingdom|
|Islam in West Africa||Related Topic|
|Animism in West Africa||Related Topic|
|Tale of the Heiki|
|Gempei Wars||Historical Event|
|Genji||Alternate Clan Name|
|Heian||Historical Time Period|
|Kyoto, Japan||Place Name|
|Nara Japan||Place Name|
|Kuru||Alternate name for Kauravas|
|Hatsipur(a), India||Place Name|
|Rama||Human Incarnation of a Deity|
|Animals as Gods||Related Subject|
|Ayodhya, India||Place Name|
PowerPoint marries words to graphic expression. The handouts in the table below help make that relationship a harmonious one. Start with the basics and then choose the others that you need. All handouts are in PDF form to make them printable.
|Step by Step Help with PowerPoint|
|Step by Step with PowerPoint -- the Basics.||Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding a Background.||Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding a Text Box.|
|Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding a Shape.||Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding Images.||Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding a Bulleted List.|
|Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding a Link.||Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding Transitions.||Step by Step with PowerPoint -- Adding a Chart.|
|Video: Embedding a You Tube in a PowerPoint: It Can be Done.|
Films on Demand in a PowerPoint -- You Can Do It
Note: This is a fairly complex procedure and needs every second of a thirteen minute video. Follow the dierctions carefully. Below is the special snippet of Virtual Basic code you need to make the Films on Demand embed work.