Do you want to know just the right word?

Happens to me more than I’d like to admit!

I’ve found a tool to help!

I’m on a roll, typing like a maniac. 

Until I stumble over a word.

My writing comes to a screeching halt. A word isn’t right. But I don’t want to stop my progress. After all, I’m a writing maniac. So I use a placeholder, I’ll come back to this section later and figure out the right word or words to convey my thoughts.

However, I’ve now got an itch I can’t scratch. That thought, that missing word or phase will not leave me alone.

Ever happen to you?

My protagonist whispers he can’t work like this, it’s too unprofessional.

Sigh, okay, I cave, save what little progress I’ve made and return to my placeholder. So I…

  • Think, think, think, I’ve got nothing.
  • Look up the placeholder word. Huh? Not even close. What was I thinking?
  • Check thesaurus. What the hell?
  • Ask my protagonist. He’s left for coffee. Hope he gets two because my brain must be asleep.

Oh happy day! I StumbledUpon a great new website!

If y’all used this like forever, keep your gloating to yourself. Let me enjoy my new toy.

 OneLook’s thesaurus / reverse dictionary

This is a cool tool to find the word to match an idea or phrase. Maybe you’ve used the standard search available from the home page, which shows you a list of definition links for any word you type in. However, this is the reverse:

Onelook reverse-

  • Has filters.
    • Starts with, Number of letters, Related to, Rhymes with, Sounds like, etc.
  • A browser link for easy access.
    • Instructions click here
  • Wildcard option.
  • Generate a group of words on a subject.
    • books, cheese, TV shows, etc…
  • Find answers.
    • longest river in the US, friend of Big Bird on Sesame Street, etc.

Have you been using this reverse dictionary?

Think you might find this useful in the future?

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26 thoughts on “Do you want to know just the right word?

  1. Reblogged this on Wind Eggs and commented:
    I used to have a reverse dictionary. I thought about writing one, and then i found it. It didn’t work as well as mine and cost about $40 in 1990. My cats immediately pulled in off the shelf and somehow dragged it into their litter box. (It wasn’t the first or last time). Jean Cogdell introduces readers to OneLook.

    In addition to Onelook there’s wordsmyth or you can buy the Oxford Reverse Dictionary at Amazon.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I’ve immediately added this to my favorites!
    I have no problem with place holders. I can easily leave them until I hit a snag in my writing or my chapter is finished. That said, my characters will wake me up in the middle of the night with the perfect word!

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