Friday, March 20, 2015

The Many Uses of Wordle

Okay, so as an author, I've known about Wordle for quite some time. I think I've even blogged about it oh, six years ago. Holy cow! I've been blogging for a long time. (The images aren't coming up on the post, but you can see my Wordle art for one of my books here. From 2008!!)

Anyway, there are many and varied uses for Wordle. Authors can take passages of their work and create art. I've heard of some people running their entire manuscript through Wordle to see which words are overused. The word that appears the most is the biggest, so this is a very visual tool to see if you overuse "just" or "so" or "because."

Not that I overuse those words or anything... Ha!

Here's one of mine, for an adult romance I'm writing right now.

Another idea I had was to create teacher gifts. I mean, it is getting near the end of the year (only 9 weeks left for me! NINE WEEKS!), and it's nice to give your child's teacher something at the end of the year.

Here's one I whipped up for my daughter's fourth grade teacher. It's not hard to get a class list of names and use your copy and paste feature. Type once, copy as many times as you want!

Yet another idea was to create an art print for your child's room. You can enter in the words you want to be the biggest, so it's super-fun to put in your child's name and all the things they like to do and create something visually. You can download your art and have it printed, framed, and hang it in their bedroom.

Here's one I did for my daughter.

The gift ideas are endless. New couple getting married. Grandparents. Family reunion. Retirement gift. Graduation gift. And on and on.

Wordle. It's a great tool -- and great fun!


DL Hammons said...

I had totally forgotten about Wordle! I'm off to play with it now. Thanks! :)

Rebecca Gomez said...

I love Wordle! When I was working at an elementary school library I created Wordles to highlight the nonfiction sections. I haven't worked there for two years, but they still have those wordle signs up!

Mel Chesley said...

Holy cow! I love this. I recently created (by hand) a movie night themed "artwork" on two canvases. It has the title of all the movies we love and I still ran out of room. Ha! But this, this is an amazing thing right here. I can't wait to try it!

DMS said...

Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing this and reminding me that I wanted to do a Wordle with my writing. I totally forgot. :)

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