Dealing with complexity

Just the early years...

I’ve been playing with Inspiration 7 software. They use it at our writing center for clustering activities. The demo is free and fully functional, and I think I’m going to buy it. It is much easier than using a conventional drawing program for visually mapping ideas. The intersecting network of photographers and writers in America in the nineteenth century is difficult to sort out, and looking at it like a map helps me.

3 thoughts on “Inspiration”

  1. I’ve used Inspiration for years. It’s an excellent piece of software for exactly the reason you describe — sometimes the only way one can see relationships clearly is to map them out and make the connections. Inspiration has a “physicality” that other outlining programs lack.

  2. Strangely enough, this is exactly the kind of program I’ve been exploring lately.
    I’ve been working with a Mac OS x program called OmniGraffle, and it seems very similar, though it doesn’t convert the graph to an outline.
    Of course, I had to download Inspiration, and now the decision has become tougher than ever.
    I envy today’s students with all the new tools they have for writing, including, of course, the internet with all its resources.

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