One big benefit to this.
It helps me to readily see what I want to happen within a scene. Up until now, the only way I could do this is actually create a scene for ever event within a scene. That way I would always see these events in the left navigation. Then I would collect the scenes in a chapter and treat my chapters as scenes. Then to delineate what scenes made up a chapter, I created dividers by making a chapter who’s title was a bunch of hyphens.
(The other way I would do this is flesh out all my events, scenes and chapters in a mindmap like MindMeister. Then I would split my screen and put my mindmap on one side and Dabble on the other. Obviously not very tenable on small screens. Also, it became too much work keeping the two in sync.)
There are many obvious downsides to this. I have too many scenes. I’m treating chapters as scenes. And plot grids became hard to follow because there were so many scenes. I would have to scroll more to get a handle on all the sub plots.
But now I can make scenes be actual scenes. That’s because I can put the list of events that I want to happen within the scene in the body of the scene card, as bullets, and I can always see those bullets in the expanded scene card in the right column. Furthermore, I can brainstorm and write further notes in the scene card’s body as well.
So now my plot grids can function as true scene-based plot grids. I can see more of the elements of the subplots without having to scroll as much.
Awesome work, Jacob!