Monday, July 14, 2008

Have Fun With Words--I Mean, Wordle!

Most writers I know like words. We like playing with words. Finding the right words. Crafting just the right sentence or paragraph or scene in or novel.

Wordle provides a whole new way for writers to have fun with words. The Web site bills itself as "a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes."

I visited a few times and made a few preliminary Wordles before settling on the one above. It's a quote by author Ursula K. Le Guin:

As a writer, you are free. You are about the freest person that ever was. Your freedom is what you have bought with your solitude.

Wordle is a bit addicting--changing fonts, colors, layouts. But it's also quite satisfying to take a quote or piece of text and turn it into a piece of art.

Go ahead! Have some fun with Wordle!

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