Change of View

Synopsis Update:

How do you see your novel? My synopsis was beginning to look like this:frozen-brainstorm

I was just about to buy a copy of Scrivener. But – I stumbled on something else. Another Literature and Latte product called Scapple.

Since I’m still creating the synopsis, I needed a way to see, at a glance, synopsis ideas, path map, brainstorming. Yes, I know many writers do this brainstorming on paper, but once ideas start to flow there’s no way my hand can keep up with my head.  Until I tried Scapple, I was hesitant to use keyboard and screen. Drawing software is clumsy and Word is impossible. But Scapple is amazing. All you do is click on the blank page and new bubble comes up. I’m in heaven. I started with my two main characters, built around them, took them down the path with its twists and terrors  and ended up almost at the end. I have more synopsis grinding ahead, but it’s wonderful to see my ideas as part of a cohesive whole. Check it out.

Scapple png art

With Scapple creating new notes, linking them with arrows, adding color, stacking  them and changing  background shapes is easy! (Yikes, I sound like a cheesy late night TV advertisement.) Move notes from Scapple directly in Scrivener’s binder or freeform corkboard!  Print the document to a single pages or across multiple pages!

This simple and elegant software  is available for under $20.00 MAC version.

I’m using the free (until Sept. 30th) beta version for PC.

I’m excited about this because I could not see my story line in my head. I’m not sure why. Maybe my surly muse is messing with me again. But, I found a way around him. With Scapple, ideas poured out.

Try it. Maybe you just need a change of view.

How do you brainstorm? Any tips or warnings for the rest of us?

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12 thoughts on “Change of View

  1. This looks seriously cool, especially since it’s already compatible with my favorite writing software! I usually brainstorm by free writing about my characters and story, asking questions, and then coming up with scenes that take me to the end of the story. It’s very hit or miss!

    A free trial, and pretty colored notes? This is great–thanks for the tip!

    • No problem. Maybe Scapple’s appeal is the colored notes. I’m graphically oriented and if I forget that I struggle with concepts. I am just so happy I’ve found something that’s loosening the log jam in my brain!

      • I downloaded the free trial yesterday and I’m obsessed with this program! I’ve started a document of my HTRYN novel (which needs another revision) and I just love how it’s coming together-pretty pictures, my novel Sentence, my synopsis, a time line, character mug shots all on the same page! This has made me a happy writer!

        Look for a sneak peek on my blog soon. 🙂

      • Glad you like it! Can’t wait to see what you come up with:)

  2. I couldn’t’ write without Scrivener. I’ve read about Scapple, but I tend to use a chalkboard, pictures and scraps of paper to brainstorm. I’d love to hear how this worked for you in a month.

    • I’m looking forward to learning Scrivener but, for now, I must finish the synopsis. For my second novel, I want a clear picture of where I’m going. Prevents excessive info dumps, aimless wandering, and plot holes – I hope:) Stayed tuned for Synopsis updates!

  3. Hm. I’ll have to look into this. I’m all for being organized although I’m not a lot. I look forward to hearing more about synopsis updates.

  4. Scrapple looks useful. I’m glad you are moving along with your new book.

    • Thanks, Terri. I purchased Scrivener, parent of Scapple, yesterday. The interactive tutorial wouldn’t work so I found one on youtube. Scrivener is a deep, complicated software, but it has tools that you can’t get anywhere else. Fancy software notwithstanding, I’m struggling with the plot/synopsis/outline. Recovery is a bitch. My creativity is hibernating so, for a while, I’ll use the rational part of my brain and learn this novel writing software:)

  5. […] and Latte, who also created my favorite writing program, Scrivener. I first read about it on Nancy H. Doyle’s blog a few months ago, and this little gem has been distracting me from my writing ever […]

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