Monday, January 23, 2006

Visual Thesaurus

Crossing Media is not only about creating video, photograph & audio content. Multimedia content also includes writing. Active verbs ? Of course. Metaphors? Absolutely. But choosing the right word and putting it in the right place certainly helps get the message across. But what if the right word doesn't spring into mind because your short term memory is overloaded while processing the myriad of items that now make up our daily life?

Like editing video, audio, answering e-mail, syncing the PDA, remembering to take out the garbage...whatever.

How about a thesaurus? With hyperlinks no less. Try out a Visual Thesaurus Most of you probably know about it. If not, give it a whirl. Type in the word " dog". Then try " God."

In a previous post I wrote about lateral or associative thinking. That's also the process by which writers find the right word.

For those writing for cross media, like writing haiku, brevity is best. Choosing the right word is now more important than ever. That's where a thesaurus can come in handy.

If you don't like looking for words online ( I don't) just trudge to the bookstore and ask for Roget's book instead. There's something infinitely satisfying about thumbing through pages when you're stumped.

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