Visual Thesaurus: A great way to find that perfect word

Part and parcel of writing is choosing words. Sometimes that's easy, and other times it's excruciating. I've found a great tool to keep the pain at a minimum.

It's called the Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus. This program has an ingenious way of mapping the relationships between words. A regular thesaurus is fine, but seeing the words and their connections helps me far more than looking at a list.

You can head over to the Visual Thesaurus site and do a few searches for free to check out how it works. If you only need it a few times a week, then don't bother with a membership.

But if you get addicted, the cost is $2.95 per month, or $19.95 per year, after the 14-day free trial. And if you get a few friends together for a group membership, the cost goes down to $10 for the year.

If the price turns you off, you have an alternative in the Visuwords-online graphical dictionary. Using Princeton University's opensource database, it gives you a similar visual map with definitions and synonyms.

If you just want a "normal" thesaurus (and this one has a link to the Visual Thesauraus), try this site. And happy word hunting!


  1. Hi Debbie - I stumbled over here after reading your comment about picking a book on Rachelle Garner's blog. I found myself agreeing with what you said, and then discovered that we have so much more in common - so I'm now following your blog. Homeschooling - yep. Finished first novel - yep. Writing while the rice boils - yep.
    Looking forward to reading more.
    Have a great day.

  2. Thanks so much, Jo. I love to find other homeschool moms who write, because I know I can learn so much from others who have very little time to themselves.

    I'd love to hear more about what you write!


  3. Holy cow. This is the coolest resource maybe of all time. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. I'm so glad I found it. I'm such a visual person. A list of words doesn't help me very much. I use this alot!



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