That includes yours truly, publisher of a number of education papers, a long-time Mac user, and one who recognizes that it writing, it’s the little things that count (beyond character, word, and paragraph counting tools). Here’s a new writer’s tool that’s popped up on my radar recently, and it does what other such tools do not.
If Hemingway Could Code
For some of us who slave over a hot keyboard day in and day out, slinging words to and fro, hither and yon, it’s all about maximizing our wordage products; achieving that elegant balance between the number of words churned, and the meaning of words processed, and with hope that what is communicated is received and appreciated.
To get there, we need tools, and not just those that capture what we type, but those tools that help us type what is worth. Enter Hemmingboard, a Mac, iPad, and iPhone writer’s tool with an attitude and ability to help us overcome writer’s block, help us to find just the right word when none of our own has.
At your fingertips you get a keyboard with imagination; a built-in thesaurus, a rhyming dictionary, and even a pun finder.
For iPhone and iPad, Hemmingboard works like a third party keyboard (think SwiftKey or any one of a dozen other such keyboards) but gives you a quick list of related words in the built-in thesaurus, top rhyming words, and a list of words that rhyme.
Find a word among the suggestions that you’d prefer to use; tap it, and it gets inserted into your document. That makes Hemmingboard a useful tool to keep the keys moving and the thoughts and images flowing.
The Mac version works a bit differently, of course, because the Mac has a single keyboard. Click the Menubar or use the keystroke combo and Hemmingboard pops up right where the cursor lives on the Mac’s screen, with each of the three categories highly visible and accessible. You can even change the keystroke combo to whatever works for you.
What I find exceedingly useful with this cute utility is that it helps to unblock those block moments (something any good thesaurus can do), but adds some levity with the built-in puns, and that, in turn, becomes a catalyst for moving forward.
Hemmingboard should be a welcome tool for anyone who writes for a living, or hopes to, or just writes because, or just writes because they need to or else (the inspiration for most of my college research papers). The iOS version is a few dollars under my threshold for throw away money, but the Mac version costs a bit more and, inexplicably, does not have a try-before-you-buy version.