Scapple: Meet Boundless

I’ve been doing a chunk o’ worldbuilding and plotting for the revised Boundless. While my World Anvil is pretty sparse (spoilers, people), my internal notes are growing. Yesterday, I dug up this super-old relationship wireframe:

I figured you might get a kick out of seeing what the current story scaffold looks like. I’m a mix of outlining and discovery writing; I like to have an end state in mind, but freestyle the rest of it. The approach gives a structured tale while letting the characters tell their own part of it (and no, I don’t want to hear about how you find outlining or discovery writing better. You do you, hey?). After a few revisions, including wholesale deletion of dead weight (unnecessary characters, story beats, and other trash), we get something that looks more like a story scaffold. Behold:

Yeah I’ve blurred it out, because MEGAspoilers. But you get the idea; I start with the characters, then work in the story after (normally falling in with a 7-point system). My process for outlining is:

  1. Whiteboard
  2. Angst
  3. Paper notebook
  4. Angst
  5. Whiteboard
  6. Angst
  7. Scapple

After this, I discovery write the rest.

I neglected Scappling my outlines the last couple of stories, and man, did I miss it. I love that tool; it makes it so easy to get a collection of incoherent thoughts and then structure ’em into sense and sensibility. If you haven’t tried it, Scapple is 100% worth the price of entry.

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