If you’re anything like me, you have the most spectacular ideas for your writing when you’re doing everything but writing (and especially when it’s 4 am and you’re supposed to be sleeping). Then, when you sit down and stare at that damn blinking cursor, all words go out the window and you forget how to brain.
Yep, that’s the story of my life.
The latest app Curious Words is test driving is MasterWriter. This one I actually used many years ago, but MasterWriter has kept up with the times since my dad offered me the CD with the 2.0 program on it over a decade ago. Today, MasterWriter is a web-based creative writing software that offers you an online word and phrases database.
MasterWriter helps you keep your writing organized while also offering a unique dictionary and thesaurus. Not only does it include your run of the mill definitions and synonyms, it also includes phrases, figurative language, rhymes, and more.
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About the software:
While the dictionary and thesaurus tools in MasterWriter are laid out really well, it’s their other features that really make this software incredibly useful. Not only do they offer keyword searches to look at word families or phrases, they also allow you to pare down your results with filters like the number of syllables, part of speech, and connotation.
Here are a few of the tools I love most about MasterWriter:
The word families tool lets you see a list of words and phrases related to your chosen word. You can break down the list with their filters to help narrow down your search, or you can look through the full list.
This one lets you see phrases using your chosen word, again with filters to narrow down the results by syllable count (very handy for poetry!).
Figures of Speech
MasterWriter’s Figures of Speech tool is super cool, though I do find myself wishing it had a more thorough search feature within each of the categories. It does offer a decent amount of options to narrow down the field using filters (including connotation and syllable breakdowns), but I’d still like to be able to find a specific word that I know exists in an idiom that I can’t quite remember.
I really enjoy playing around in their intensifiers category.
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Not quite sold? Follow that link to start a free trial. If you love it as much as I do, you’ll still get the discount once the trial is up!