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Ms. Kolimja

September 10, 2022


Writing with a Visual Thesaurus

Creative writers know that words can be powerful! One word can make all the difference in an essay, novel, or scene. Yet, it can be difficult to find the “right” word.  No matter what you are writing or how lost you may find yourself, one of the most useful tools in a writer’s journey  is the visual “Thinkmap.”

The Thinkmap, or the Visual Thesaurus (VT), is an interactive index which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a new and powerful way.

Say you have a meaning in mind, like "happy." The VT helps you find related words, from "cheerful" to "euphoric." The VT works more like your brain than a paper-bound book, except with words for neurons. You'll want to explore just to see what might happen. You'll discover—and learn— naturally and intuitively, which will enable you to write more descriptively, associate freely—and gain a more precise understanding of the English language.

With the Visual Thesaurus, you can:

  • Find the right word within the VT
  • Develop a better vocabulary by understanding  English words and meanings.
  • Use words precisely.
  • Roll over the meaning of a word to see its definition and example sentences that express that meaning.
  • Improve your grammar. Meanings are color-coded to indicate parts of speech.
  • Explore 39,000 proper nouns. Historical figures, phrases, and trademarks.
  • Every writer needs their tools, just as a doctor needs a scalpel or a carpenter needs a hammer. All in all, this tool has helped me learn the importance of word choice, think creatively, and see the connection many words have to each other.  So if you find yourself lost on the road to creativity and writing, all you might need is a map to help you find the right word.

    Explore the world of Thinkmaps here!

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