I found a new toy...er...tool. I meant tool.
This is Scapple, from the makers of Scrivener. As soon as I saw who designed it, I downloaded the free trial. Like Scrivener, you get 30 uses for free - not days, but days of use. Also like Scrivener, there are probably all kinds of tricks I'm missing, but I'll learn as I experiment with it more.
I've been kicking around the essentials needed in this next chapter of the revision. I've also been wanting to try a game-theory type process for plotting. I'm going to try Scapple out on a short story I've been wrestling into shape next. (I'll share how that goes, too.)
The image above shows things I want to be sure to include in yellow. The inciting incident is in green. I tried to insert a dividing line to show a potential chapter break, but couldn't figure out how to do that.
I know what you're thinking. Why can't you just do this on a white board or paper? I could. But, I've found that a white board is messy and not visually firm enough for me. Paper requires a lot of erasing because I never get it right the first ten times, and Scapple allows for easily moving the boxes around or inserting new ideas as you have them without being a time-suck. Cool, right?
Let me know if you've used mind-mapping or if you have a plotting tool you love. I'd very much like to hear what works for you.
Thanks for reading!