Are there any good methods for planning and writing anything (I'm thinking of articles, blog posts, and books)?
My current method is to gather some information about a topic and write about the topic. This method works pretty well for short articles, but what about more elaborate articles or even books? You will lose track of the resource you used (not in a sense of literally losing the resource but rather the contents).
Most answers contain elements of mind mapping or high level overview building. What I did to begin with was creating a high level overview (because the topics are already there). Then I started mind mapping every topic (chapter). My real problem is going from mind maps and ideas to actual writing.