Six websites that help improve your writing

There are many ways of improving your writing. Practice. Reading. Getting critiques from others. Taking a class…. Here are 6 web sites with their own forms of help.

  • Wordnet is a software tool from Princeton that allows you to see the different usages of word and connect them to other words. It has a lexical database of synonyms and their relationships. The database contains a large number of connections between words. It also has examples of the different usages of a word in context. For example, it gives 11 noun senses and 4 verb senses of the work “book.” From “book” I can directly get to “tome”, “screenplay”, “foredge”, “covenant”, and “schedule”.” is the basic site. It includes an installable version of their program for Windows, Linux and Mac. lets you query the Wordnet database online.

  • is a large archive of poetry and related work from the editors of Poetry magazine.

  • is a rhyming dictionary. In includes a search for quotations and examples of words used by Shakespeare.

  • is a very versatile dictionary. It was the only example in my search which passed my “waldo” test—give a definition of waldo. It includes a dream dictionary, computer dictionary and thesaurus.

  • “The 500 lb. gorilla of poetry” Poems and articles

  • Rhymes and rhyming phrases. Pure rhymes, near rhymes, and mosaic rhymes.

All of these tools help you find the right word and how to use it.

Do you know others that I should add to the list?

About William Wayne Smith

I'm a poet, library fan and maker.
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1 Response to Six websites that help improve your writing

  1. LKWatts says:

    Thanks for this. It looks like a lot of useful information.


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