lunk wrote:mbbntu wrote:...you just throw stuff on the paper without thinking. It didn't matter where it went, or if the connections were "wrong". When you had got the stuff out of your head you could look at it and rearrange things.
That's the exact reason why I prefer Scapple for this kind of true brainstorming.
Connections are arbitrary. They don't exist unless you explicitly put them there. I group my stuff together using frames around them, the "magnet" function to keep them together if I want to, or remove the magnet if I realize they don't fit together.
I do use iThoughts as well, partly because it is available on my iPad. Oh, how I wish there was an iOS version of Scapple, in which one could use the Apple pencil. But as for now, there are alternatives like Papers by 53 for drawing and sketching things and Cardflow which I use for some stuff (like drawing a story board).
Whereas I find having to draw every single blessed connection by hand to be a pain in the keister exceeded only by those 3 page chapter sketches with 4x5 motivation grids. I can create an unconnected topic in iThoughts with a double click if I want one, but 95% of the time, I don't.
And that last sentence explains, I think, why we prefer different tools—as it sounds like 95% of the time you DO want an unconnected topic. So you choose the tool that suits the way you think—as do I. Happy writing!