Have you ever been writing an article or letter and all of a sudden you couldn’t come up with that *exact* word you want to use? We’ve all had it happen to us at one time or another.
So you turn to your handy-dandy thesaurus that you keep on your shelf. Or maybe you use the thesaurus built in your word document program. Or better yet, Google ‘thesaurus’, and then use one of the first links.
Well, I chose to do the latter and happened to stumble across a neat site. It’s called Visual Thesaurus. Simply type in a word and it creates a ‘thinkmap’ for you. Words develop on this map with meaning that make you think and then branch off to other related words. It’s really quite cool to ‘see’ the different words and meanings appear before you in a way that actually makes you write more effectively.
You do have to pay to use this program, however, you get a few free tries. The online version is $19.95/year or $2.95 per month.
They also have another neat tool on their site called VocabGrabber. If you write blogs or articles or anything for that matter, you really need to check this tool out. It analyzes any text you input and generates lists of the most useful vocabulary words showing you how those words are used in context. Pretty cool to play with!!