Free Word Blender Whips Up Tasty Visuals

It’s easy to associate technology with convenience, speed and mobility rather than creativity.

If you’ve fallen into that trap, hop over to http://www.wordle.net/, where you’ll find a free tool that can help break mental logjams, plus produce dazzling graphics.

Wordle lets you create word clouds. Simply plug in text or your blog URL, punch go, and the site whips up a stunning visual suitable for studying, framing or both.

Reached an impasse in your scene? Think about the big themes you’re trying to convey, throw in the characters and locations, and let Wordle run free. Seeing the words in a new way might jar loose some ideas.

Need a confidence boost? Plug in the text from five good reviews and turn on the word blender. You’ll be amazed as what pops up.

Also cool: Wordle has a randomizer, so you can easily create several variations of the same cloud in different fonts and colors.

I created the graphic accompanying this post (and several others) in minutes, then got some digital nails and stuck them on my Pinterest boards.

How have you used Wordle or similar tools?

6 Comments so far »

  1. Tracey said,

    Wrote on April 2, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    Pretty cool. I’ll have to try it!

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Careful, Tracey, it can be addictive!

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  2. Eric White said,

    Wrote on April 3, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    I’ve seen churches use this to fine tune their vision statements. I never thought of this as a writing tool! Thanks for sharing! Following your blog! : )

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Thanks, Eric, and do try it; teachers use it all the time to ignite the creative process…

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  3. Judith Briles said,

    Wrote on May 3, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I’ve seen your pinterest board and I love the scramble of the words. I’ll check out the tool too. Thanks for the link!

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    Steve Piacente Reply:

    Hi, Judith, somehow this wound up in the spam folder and I’m just seeing… Thanks for your comment, and hope your having fun with Wordle.

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