Story Outline SoftwareSoftware Story Overview
Does anyone have any super-intensive software for storyline sketching?
I' m using Aeon Timeline to keep an eye on the timeline (it fits in well with Scrivener, which I use for writing), and I do everything else on hardcopy. Perhaps this is because I did my first writeing-related project before the arrival of the PC and had to write my first papers for the college on a typing machine.
For me, the outline of the document has one huge advantage: that you can see all your memos at the same glance. Learning the language at elementary and secondary schools, I remembered where the words were spelled on the page. If I' m going to be a writer, I have to organise my work in a visual way. As I sketch, I am able to express my thoughts in any media available to me: by handwriting in a notepad or on the back of hard copy items or photocopies that I no longer need and have edited into small pieces and spread over my entire house; when I am at a computer, I can put them into an editors and reprint them later.
These documents are marked in large, bold, colourful numbers, lettering or icons that represent the character or scene or passage line or whatever the texture of my novel. I then put them all on the ground of my room in the order I want to tell the story.
I sometimes scissor off a sheet of sheet of paper and put it somewhere else. I sometimes strike out a part of it or discard a scrap of papers. I sometimes take a large sheet of hard copy and plot the relationships between the structure items (e.g. a family history or map).
I' m loving this. It' the best part of the letter. It is so clear and clear because I know what is on every little piece of hard copy, I have the texture in my mind, and because I can always see everything at the right moment and can therefore see the whole world view or the outline or whatever.
I' ve done a lot of research and wrote a lot of scholarly essays in this way; I' ve done a lot of writing about it. I' ve done a lot of writing and writing my own books, all of them with meticulously laid out paper work on my bottom. I can only see part of what I'm working on at a time, even on the best computer, with the best software and two of the biggest monitors (I have two 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays on my desk), the remainder is hiding in piled or scrolling outside the viewports, and that is confusing me.
And I remember wrongly their relationship and structures. It' such an exertion, and I detest it, like what I am creating does not even existed, except as magnetised molecule or electrical power - typing on a computer is not tactile, sensuous. I like the feeling and tone of a piece of paper when I' m typing.
It is the sensuousness of this trial that I like. But I don't like the technical limits and enjoys the liberty and sensuous elegance of analogues. My best, most versatile and efficient software is a pens I like to write with and any number of paper I can get my hand on.
I' m only using my computer as an advanced typing machine - when the story's development is finished and I get down to work.