NaNoWriMo Tip# 13: Use the Online Graphical Dictionary


By Jason Boog Comment

The next time you need to find the perfect word for your National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project, try using Visuwords, the online graphical dictionary–the interactive image results reveal a word’s “meanings and associations with other words and concepts.” We’ve included an example image (click to enlarge) using this GalleyCat editor’s favorite word, “lovely.”

Here’s more about the tool: “Visuwords uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.”

This is our thirteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.