Literature & Latte, the creators of Scrivener, have a new product called Scapple. When you first take a look at it, you might consider it a mind-mapping software, but it really isn’t. Essentially it’s a virtual piece of paper that allows you to jot down notes during a brainstorming session. The notes can be moved around, resized, linked, or deleted. You never have to worry about running out of space because the virtual paper fits as many notes as you need. I’m currently playing around with it and here is a sample of how it looks:

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If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can see this is a somewhat linear way of thinking. It’s not all over the place because I’m still getting used to the program. But I provided a sample of what can be done. I started out with columns, and tend to put stars by my key points, but in this case I put them in two dark, red jagged boxes. I’ve also enlarged the font and bolded it. Questions are circled in dark blue. I’ve linked some of the possible relationships with a dotted line, a two headed arrow and a solid line. As I become more comfortable with the software, I’m sure I’ll get more creative with the brainstorming and feel less restricted with the thought process.

In the next few days, I’ll provide a tutorial on how it works and how you can export it into your Scrivener project. In the meantime you can view a video that provides a good visual overview. Scapple is available for Mac only; you can give it a test drive for 30 days. To purchase, you can either get it on the Literature & Latte site or at the App Store.