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Popplet for picture book writers

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

Ways to use Popplet for picture book writing

Popplet is a new visual organizing and mindmapping tool that picture book writers will find useful in many ways. To illustrate I decided to use Popplet to create my first popplet called, of course, Popplet for Picture Book Writers. I created this visual in less than an hour. Popplet is fast, easy, and free. Your popplets (mind maps) can remain private or be public for anyone or limited to those with the identifying link.

Popplet for picture book writers - Using the new online mind mapping tool

Popplet for Picture Book Writers

Popplet for picture book writers

This is a great way to curate, list, sort, or even organize picture book ideas, especially those created during Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). From the simple sorting of ideas, the uses blossom into layout and design to character development and on to curation of research and more. You can see the ideas I generated. I’m sure you’ll come up with even more uses.

I created the above image using the free version of Popplet. For a better view, click on the image or here on Popplet for Picture Book Writers. Anyone using this link has public access. It is also possible to add specific collaborators to your individual creations for brainstorming sessions, critique sessions, or collaborative work.

What is Popplet?

Popplet is a great place for writer’s to explore ideas. You can capture, organize, and even collaborate data. You can brainstorm and mind map quickly and easily with a minimum of effort. You’ll be up and running in minutes. Simply create an account and Popp away. Use the free online version at Popplet, as I did, or download the app version. You’ll find a fuller version that provides an unlimited number of Popplets for a minimum monthly fee ($3/month or $30/year).

There are many ways writers can use Popplet. While I decided to convert my mind map into a jpeg image, I could have easily embedded the Popplet, too. Each creation has its own link so the individual Popplet can be distributed through social media or emails.

Cool things to know about Popplet

There are some interesting aspects to using Popplet. One is that you can create your Popplets and make them completely public so they can be used, albeit creatively, as a form of social media to generate interest in a blog, book, conference, whatever you want to publicize. You determine the level of privacy you want for your Popplets. You can also convert them into additional media such as:

  • A downloadable pdf file
  • a jpeg file
  • a png file

Although I haven’t tried it, there is even a presentation mode. All this allows for a lot of flexibility when it comes to using the Popplet creations. Popplet is multi-media, too. Videos and photographs are easily added.

All in all, I give this tool high marks for ease and flexibility. How about you? Is this something you’re likely to use? Check out the mind mapping books and add your comments below.

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