"I am a writer. I write loads of technical documentation as well
as novels (check out my fiction on Smashwords and Autumnal Press).
Because of my trade I am always seeking out tools to aid in my own
process. And although the web has made everything so much easier,
it is still good to have a few dedicated tools around to make
"One of the tools I take advantage of is a thesaurus. Since
using a paper thesaurus is so '80s, it's almost a necessity to have
one in the electronic form. My favorite to use is a combination of
the tried and true WordNet and the GUI front-end Artha. With this
combination you have a thesaurus at the ready with a simple hot key
combination. Let's take a look at installing and using this handy
"You may have heard of WordNet before. It's a very handy
command-line interface for the WordNet lexical database. By itself,
WordNet is not terribly helpful (unless you are using it for
writing scripts or applications). When combined with a front-end
however, WordNet is very powerful."