Wednesday, July 8, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blog-athon Day 24 -- What's New Wednesday -- MASTERWRITER

I can never use enough tools. If it's out there and will make my job as a writer easier, I'm going to give it a shot. It is for this reason that I'm quite thankful for my 9-to-5, which allows me these luxuries and trinkets.

This next tool is really helpful for the wordsmithers of the world. I truly am a nut about not using the same word too close together, varying my language, and making it as nuanced as possible. But finding those words can be tough with a thesaurus, even an online thesaurus. For me it's easier to pick a word when I see it than to try and think the exact right word to search.

What's great about this is it's SO. MUCH. FASTER to just quickly type the word in and click a couple of buttons to get the 

This is where Masterwriter comes in.

It allows you to search words and their associated synonyms or antonyms every which way but loose. It's got a great standard synonym feature, but it goes one step further. I'll show you the features in the screenshots below.

The word I'll use to demonstrate Masterwriter's capabilities is "SPY."

[Click on the photo to see close ups.]

Synonyms -- It has a pretty standard synonym feature, but I actually feel like I get a bit more nuanced words than the standard Thesaurus.



Standard Dictionary feature. Nothing exciting here.


Next is an  Alliteration feature, which is kind of neat. A bunch of "S" words that you can use for alliteration. Probably more useful for poets and songwriters, but interesting.
 
 

Next is Rhyming words. Also probably better for poets and songwriters but potientially useful.


Next is my most favorite feature -- Word Families. This is great because it's not necessarily finding synonyms rather all words that are even remotely relevant to the "spy" family.

So when you use Word Families, Masterwriter lists various synonyms for spy on the left hand side. You can select the nuance of the word "Spy" that you would like more words on. I chose "Spy on."



After I chose Spy On, it allows me to use filter to select the part of speech--in this one verb and noun are available options, but many times you adverbs and adjectives as options as well.


From there I select "Verb" and then it allows me to select "Primary" for the most applicable selections; Extended gives me the wider selection; and All gives the absolute widest selection. You can look at it closer to see all of the selections and there's actually another page of options (if you look at the arrow at the bottom.


If you think about every word in the thesaurus and the power of this tool, you have to admit, it's pretty cool if you're a wordsmith. What's more, it's easy and fast! Much faster than flipping through the pages of a thesaurus and more powerful than searching the online thesaurus.

How much does it cost? Well, I got a discount through one of my other tools. So, I got a two-year subscription for like $70. That's $35 a year. And I use this tool A LOT. It really helps save me time.
Regularly priced it's $149 for 2 years. I DO NOT recommend paying that much. If you search Masterwriter and visit the page, discounts will "magically" show up in your FB timeline. :)

And that's it for today's tool. Hope you find this as useful as I do.


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