Hello Muse Pro member,

Welcome to the mini-manual for text blocks, now in beta.

This is a beta feature, and as such is still very rough around the edges. Expect it to be buggy or cause weird things to happen on your boards when you use it.

If that sounds like fun, read on!

Why text blocks?

Muse is a place for visual and spatial thinking. It’s messy and freeform in comparison to text-first tools like Notion, Roam, or Craft.

But even when doing visual thinking, text is often a big part of the process—whether it’s hand writing, post-it style cards, or even sections of long-form writing. So this beta is about exploring expanded text capabilities in Muse, in many cases inspired by some of the text blocks model you may know from elsewhere.

Example use cases

1. Ideation for long-form writing

You may already use Muse for exploring what you want to say in an article or other piece of long-form writing.

In the video above, you see a board I used when writing the opening essay for a recent Muse newsletter. Using text blocks, I can write out a few paragraphs, reorder, and edit. Once it's ready, then I copy-paste to my writing tool for a spellcheck, wordsmithing, and eventual export to my HTML publishing location.

2. Paste and edit

Sometimes someone sends me a draft article on the web for feedback. This is a second place that block text can be useful.

When you copy from a text source like the web into Muse, it turns into text blocks stacked in a chain. You can then mark up with your Pencil, reorder, and edit the text.

From there you can export a PDF of the board in all its unstructured glory, or you can copy-paste the text someplace else, like into an email as shown in the video above.

Try it

The beta is available to all Pro members. (If you're not already a member, read more about the membership levels here.) Find the Toggle in your Backstage Pass menu, as shown below.