I wrote that last post because I used the tip in it to map out the final section of the current book. This happened because I couldn’t sleep last night for the story bugging me. So around midnight I grabbed the bedside iPad and dumped down all the thoughts I had into Notes there.
Magically they were waiting for me in Outlook when I dragged myself to the desk the following morning. Yesterday the run-in to the book was an inchoate mess. I knew the eventual destination. I’d no idea how I was going to get there, choreographing two linked storylines that still had plenty of holes.
That late night thinking solved much of the problem. Tinkering with index cards and Scrivener fixed the rest. Of course I still have to write this, and one side-effect of brainstorming is it drains from you the will to write. But there’s always tomorrow.
Here, in case it’s of any interest is what a Scrivener project looks like for me when it’s heading into the final straight. And below this very large screenshot I’ve pulled out the important component parts.