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A slow unproductive week this week, mainly due to a gum infection that depleted my energy and enthusiasm for anything other than feeling sorry for myself.

I’m pleased to say that it’s mostly cleared up now. It’s a good job, two weeks today marks the start of NaNoWriMo and I feel far from ready.

The best I’ve managed this week is some vague consolidation of the random plot and character ideas rattling round in my head.

To no small degree that minor victory is down to a magical piece of software called SCAPPLE.

It’s marketed by an outfit called LITERATURE & LATTE who are well know for their SCRIVENER writing software. Coincidentally they are based in Truro, just a few miles down the road from where I live in Cornwall UK. And I’lltellywot, they’m ansome folks!

As it happens I don’t use SCRIVENER but that’s no fault of the software. It’s just too damn sophisticated and capable for my level of writing. SCAPPLE however fits me perfectly.

So what is it?

Well, imagine a blank canvas of infinite size. Imagine that you can write anywhere on that canvas and then move/connect anything you’ve written in anyway you chose – That’s it.

Here’s a zoomed out screenshot of my novel planning mind dump as it looks today.

Here’s that same screen zoomed in to the top left hand corner.

Get the idea?

Sure, you can play with the colours of text and background, change the font sizes and formats, uses dotted or arrowed connections, lump blocks of text into ‘magnetic’ background containers, and more besides. But here’s the thing; you don’t have to do any of that, you can just add your thoughts to that blank canvas as quickly as you can type, and that’s marvellous.

I shan’t say any more. There are loads of reviews and videos out there if you want to dive deeper. But to be honest, if you’re the slightest bit interested I wouldn’t bother. Just go along to the website and download a free trial.

(FYI: I have no affiliation or connection with L&L, they just do a proper job! )

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