Here is a resource that I have found. The ThinkMap Visual Thesaurus. Everyone has a set of words they use often. When writing it can be a struggle to sometimes find words that fit into our stories, or worse yet, we know a word but it isn’t powerful enough or doesn’t show exactly what we want to say. This is a time when we look to our friends, synonyms for help to express ourselves.
In the old days, we pulled out a big book and thumbed through until the word we knew was located.
After finding our not so perfect word we would read through the lists of words that shared a similarity. It was a long process.
I wish I could remember how I found this site, but I have been using it for about a year now and it is fantastic. I did pay a small fee to join the site and have full access to everything they offer. I can tell you as a writer this site is invaluable. It breaks down your search word and offers a definition of the word on the sidebar.
If you type in the word search you will get a Thinkmap that looks like the one I inserted above. You can then click on the words and get further possibilities. Therefore if you click on “research” a further break down will occur. You can continue to click and further break down your words until you find the word you are looking for, or until you exhaust the potential synonyms.
If you join the site you are able to print out your searches, at first, I didn’t find the print feature that valuable, then after printing a few and adding them to some of my research binders, I understand for me personally the printing is very helpful!
Using a ThinkMap: The center word (the one you typed in) will appear in the center. Many of the words have a “speaker” icon which will allow you to hear the word spoken. Each word is color-coded with it part of speech. Nouns have a red dot, adjectives have a yellow dot, verbs are green and finally, adverbs are a blue color. Hovering over the dots will bring up a definition.
In the results of the Thinkmap, you can turn on or off any particular part of speech you are not interested in getting words for. If you are searching for an adjective for a noun, you can leave just those options on until you find what you are looking for!
Additional options in a search are Word History, Word Suggestions and allow you to make Word List and settings that allow you to customize your experience.
This website is a fantastic way to explore language. They also have many articles that will appeal to the word nerd inside you! I hope you take some time and check it out. Just click HERE and you will go right to the site!