Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fun with Words

Writer play with words. But how often do writers find toys for their words? Check out my favorite sites to tinker with words.

I Write Like
Ever been curious about your writing style? What famous author do you write most like? Paste at least a few paragraphs into the text analyzer at the I Write Like site. The statistical analysis tool will determine which famous writer matches your word choice and writing style.

I selected the Ancestors blog post and the badge below appeared. Then I checked several other samples with results including Cory Doctorow, Dan Brown, Ann Rice, J.R.R. Tolkein, Stephenie Meyer, and H.P. Lovecraft. Some authors are familiar, others are new to me. So what started as a mild curiosity is now adding new material to my reading list.

Whom do you write like?

Badge created at I Write Like website.

Wordle creates word clouds based on your text. The more frequently a word occurs in the source, the larger that word appears in the word cloud. Fonts, orientation, shape and color scheme customize results for a stunning presentation.

Wordle images make interesting title pages and provide a visual representation of the work to follow. Selecting key passages of historical literature allowed an immediate analysis of the tone and word choice.

In another example, the private school where I teach compiled a word cloud based on the results of a community-wide survey.  The online survey, sent to students, graduates, parents, donors, faculty and trustees, asked recipients to spend sixty seconds free associating about the school and recording their words. The responses generated a word cloud featuring the school's most prominent attributes.

Harford Friends School Word Association developed at Wordle

Compile a list of characteristics for your grandfather, your kids, or anything you like. Paste the results into Wordle and play with the intuitive design features to create a work of art. Whether you want a thoughtful gift or an analytical tool, Wordle provides endless ways to capture your words in clouds.

Do you have any favorite word toys?

1 comment:

  1. I've seen both of these on the blogs, but haven't tried them out. It's amazing the different design possibilities that can be made with simple word variations though. I guess words are art in many ways ...