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Diagramming


a story diagram
I decided to try making a little diagram of the claim bond story to help me sort out the character arcs, or what actors call "through lines". Maybe it would help to get the visual side of brain function involved as well as the auditory-digital processing that word-pushers usually trigger. So I fired up the Omni tools and typed some stuff into OmniOutliner then fed that into Omnigraffle to make the pretty picture shown to the right.

It used to be that I would hand-draw a diagram like this in a notebook in a few minutes, contemplate it, then draw another. Thanks to the march of technology, I can spend a morning tinkering with a lovely, colorful, computer-jet-boosted diagram. The hand-drawn diagram might have been a better idea. But the computer one sure is pretty. This is the story that I am applying the Hollywood 3-act structure to, so I can see how that works. Hence the act labels in the diagram.

OmniOutliner in action
Actually, it did help me sort out the through lines. But really that was the outliner being a useful writing tool, and not the pretty picture generator. Outliner in action in the second screenshot. Each column is an arc or a heading. My usual scene notes are across the bottom of each scene line.

I usually end up playing with a new tool for about three days before subsiding back to the usual plain-text editor. (I do not use Word. I loathe spellcheckers and think that grammar checkers are worse than useless. Also, I do not hold with this modern horseless carriage trend. Grump!) I have been known to write with vi just to get my head out of tinkerspace. Which is where it is right now, obviously.

PS: There is some extreme nerd humor in the wikipedia article on vi that I linked to. The screenshot of vi in action... oh god.
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