After yesterday’s David's Daily Journal (or whatever it ends up being called), I feel like more context and writing is required. I also haven’t decided if I need to separate and consider each piece, or if collections of ideas can mingle together.
I am also trying to make sense of what exactly should be included. At the moment, this is for me—a place for all the things that cross my transom.
Until then, I am going to continue to dump my pile-up of links on here until I find a better path.
- Merriam Webster has a tool to find out when a word was first in print.
- Squibbler is a writing app that makes your writing disappear (like completely unrecoverable) if stop for too long.
- The Ludwig search engine helps your writing by giving you contextualized answers. You can compare sentences, discover meanings of missing words, paraphrase sentences, compare the frequency of words, and help you order a group of words.
- This one was recommended by Trey, friend of the newsletter: Voracious Readers Only helps match readers and authors to help build word of mouth.
- Ginger is another grammar checker. I haven’t yet tried it but I am curious.
- I remember Pippi Longstocking as a kid, but not the Moomins, but this article from Aeon considers author Tove Jansson and how her writing was a response to fascism.
- Splasho is an writing app that only allows you to use the top 1000 most used words in the English language. Sidenote: This was inspired by Randall Munroe, creator of the web comic XKCD, who wrote an entire book called Thing Explainer based on this idea.
I must say, looking at this format after the fact, it seems very suiting to my writing style.