Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like


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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.

14 comments on “Neato!

  1. sknicholls
    January 22, 2014

    Look up Scapple. It is a mind mapping tool designed especially for writers. It is from the makers of Scrivener, Here is the site.http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 22, 2014

      Cool. Have you used it?

      • sknicholls
        January 22, 2014

        I haven’t taken the plunge. I still don’t use all of the nice organizational features of Scrivener either. My desk is also still a mess!

      • Phillip McCollum
        January 22, 2014

        Been using Scapple for the past week and loving it. Using it to create an “org chart” for a fictional clan in my book. Really flexible, so expect to see a post from me about it soon.

      • Kevin Brennan
        January 22, 2014

        Cool, Phillip! I’ll look forward to your post.

  2. J. S. Collyer
    January 22, 2014

    Nifty 😀

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 22, 2014

      I’m not sure if it would help me or boggle my mind…

      • J. S. Collyer
        January 22, 2014

        We like a bit of boggling. Good for the soul!

  3. John W. Howell
    January 22, 2014

    Only you would find this. It is neat.

  4. ericjbaker
    January 22, 2014

    Not only is it neato. It’s cool daddy swifter!

  5. 1WriteWay
    January 22, 2014

    That just blew my mind …

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