Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Look at this nifty thing. It’s a “mind map” made possible by a site called MindMeister. The image above isn’t live, so you need to go to the site to see how it works, but when you click on one of the plus signs, a new level of outline appears. For instance, if you click on The Enlightenment, you get nine entries from Adam Smith to John Locke. Then if you click on John Locke, you get a whole array of his contributions to politics, epistemology, and ethics. Boy, I could kill a lot of time exploring here.
I like studying philosophy as a total amateur, so this sort of thing is right up my alley. But it occurred to me, I wonder if I could use this tool as a novel-writing map? You can make your own mind maps at MindMeister, so it might be fun and productive to mess around with it and see if there’s a way to work out plot points or themes.
What do you think? It’s a bit akin to Jennifer Egan’s PowerPoint idea, isn’t it.