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.
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?