Writing fiction is a messy process. You’re tracking characters, elements of your plot, scenes, research, and much more. Apps can help you to make sense of it all, cutting down on stress.
I like to create mind maps in apps like Obsidian and Ayoa.
Mind maps help control stress when you’re writing fiction
Stress can cause writing blocks. Whenever you find yourself blocked, create a mind map to find solutions.
No one has unlimited time. When you sit down to write, you want to write. It’s much easier to glance at a mind map than it is to scroll through notes and documents.
I use Obsidian’s canvas for basic mind mapping.
Obsidian: use Obsidian’s canvas plugin for overviews
You can add a canvas anywhere you choose in your vault. I like to use a canvas to organize my ideas for a new fiction project, because I can drag Markdown notes, images and web links anywhere I like, to create a quick overview, or to plan.
Here are some other apps to help you to organize your fiction writing.
Trello app: get organized with the Writing a Book template
Trello’s a favorite app because I like to see where I am in a project at a glance. If you work on a several novels at a time, it’s invaluable. You can create boards for each project. If you’re ghostwriting fiction, it’s easy to share a board with a client.
Here’s Trello’s book template; it’s useful, especially if you’re new to the app.
Craft app: easy planning and writing
Although I use Obsidian for major planning—basically as a writing studio—I like Craft because I can share documents with clients easily.
Indie author Adam Eccles uses the Craft app to write his bestselling novels. Check out his book template.
Ayoa app: easy mind mapping
Love mind mapping? Me too. Ayoa offers easy and powerful mind mapping, with unlimited maps for free.
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