The good news: I’m back to writing Time Crystal.
The bad news: I’m having trouble understanding the exact sequence of events during and after the black hole exploded. Or if, indeed, it really exploded at all.
So I decided I needed to create a storyboard (a sequence of pictures) to help me see and understand the flow. Previously I’ve used Adobe Flash for simple storyboarding, but I find that, every time I use it, it takes me a considerable time to remember how to do even the most basic things.
So today I came up with what seems like a brilliant idea: use Powerpoint. It’s much easier than Flash and achieves everything I want almost instantly. Searching around the web I found that Microsoft had already thought of the same idea and even created some tools to help create storyboards (see here). But that seems more trouble than it’s worth. It’s really designed to help software developers communicate their ideas with users, not authors. I just need something simple. Over the past 13 years I’ve already created many images I can use, so I just need to dig them out and drag them into the presentation.
Now for the hard part: actually understanding exactly what might have happened during this crucial episode, and choosing which story I’m going to tell.
Note added 5 January 2016
Microsoft has a very useful extension to PowerPoint called StoryBoard, which allows you to create your own images, backgrounds etc or use pre-defined one to quickly build a story board for a movie or, in my case, a scene in a novel.
This, when added to the ClipArt build into PowerPoint makes it a very powerful tool.
I understand you can also share your storyboards with team members, although I haven’t tried this.
Installing it is a little messy, but not too difficult. Instructions here.