I saw this tweet + image from Isabeau Iqbal right after reading Gina's comment about how many times Leonne said "like". It got me thinking that it could be a creative way to begin writing a TPS. Start with 10 minutes of free writing then run it through a word cloud generator to see what stands out.
This is interesting.
I am a bit behind in terms of this technology.
Can you provide me with a link, or fill me in with a greater understanding of how to run it through a word cloud generator?
I regularly go through this process from mind, to pen, to paper but I am not familiar with an online process.
I'm a mind, to pen, to paper person as well, Patti. I find paper and pen can be quite a different experience than keyboard to screen!
If you do get digital there are several free online services that generate word clouds. You copy/paste the text, select a few visual options, and the cloud is generated. Here are a few I've used but I'm sure there are many more.
I had a chance to try out a couple of these on some of the free writing I have been doing this week. My first impression is that they have the most important words captured. What do others think? Has anyone else tried this yet? (I'd upload them but haven't figured out how to make the images small enough to show in the forum window.)
I posted Cindy's word clouds then had to rush off. The answer to her question is yes, generally these are all about word frequency. Words like 'the' 'my' etc are stripped out.
Of course I couldn't resist doing one as well. I find it interesting to see what stands out. Actually, I noticed words in there I didn't even recall writing! So I went back to my scrawl to remind myself what I was talking about :)
Anyway, I think these low stakes type of activities have a place. It's sometimes surprising what stories and memories you have inside yourself when you allow them to come out on "paper."