you with a clean, blank page full of possibilities (or crippling anxiety, your
choice). Whether a plotter or pantser, you can start right in with Scapple, plan
or no plan.
- Double-click anywhere on the screen and a text
box will appear.
- Type whatever data you need, have, wish you had,
or borrowed from another writer.
- Click outside the text box and ta-da, you have
your first note.
- To add a second note, double-click in another location.
- Click outside the note. You are totally on your
- Other ways to add notes besides the double-click.
Go to the Notes menu.
- Click on:
Stacked Note—a new note will appear under the last note you created if you are
still in your current note.
no note is selected, add another one with New Note.
add a Connected Note (with a link between), click on the parent (first) note, and
under the Notes menu, select Connected Note. Choose where the connected note
will appear (above, below, etc.)
on any note to edit the text.
Fancy—Get the Inspector
- Click on the View menu and choose Show Inspector.
It defaults to the Note Style tab. This will display a handy pop-up formatting menu
with various style elements—font, size, color, fill, border color, and shape. Great
for distinguishing various plot elements, notes for yourself, or character
arcs. (Note, the Inspector likes to linger as if it’s its own programs. Right
now, it’s visible on my MS Word screen.) Just minimize the Inspector window to remove
it from the screen.)
- On the Document tab of the Inspector, further
customize the screen with background colors and textures, text colors, fonts,
and alignment. You can set defaults on this menu.
- Click on any note and select the Notes menu,
then New Background Shape Around Note. This will add another rectangle or square
shape around the note (and extra border). This can differentiate your note from
others. (Maybe it’s a plot beat or a section that needs work.)
- To remove a note, select the note by clicking on
it. Then either Right-Mouse click and select Delete. Or open the Edit menu and
- Click and drag a single note to a new location.
- Or draw a
square/rectangle around the notes to select multiple notes. Drag or use the Notes
menu to Stack, Align, or Distribute the notes.