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Monday, March 19, 2012

A Creative Way to Generate Writing Topics

Many of you have told me that you want to improve your writing. I can't think of a better idea, other than to try to improve your speaking. 

Today I want to tell you about a terrific website called Tag Galaxy, which can provide you with an infinite list ideas and topics to write about  in your journal - all through pictures. 

How does it all work? 
This site asks you to enter a keyword and then assembles a planet of images using photos. 

When I entered the word marriage, a group of three dimentional planets appeared, each bearing a word that might be associated with marriage.( wedding, dress, portrait, couple, kiss, groom, bride)

Then, I clicked one of the planets called "kiss"  and 12,227 photographs from Flikr floated in to form a planet such as the one you see above

Each time I clicked on an image,  a specific photograph floated forward. Sometimes there was something written next to it. Other times there was no message, only a picture. Each image can prompt an idea, a title or single word to write about
This is a creative and fun way to generate ideas and topics for your writing journal. Try it out and let me know what you think.  

I love to hear your comments and suggestions. Simply click on the comment box below.  


  1. it is a fantastic help especially to people who are slow in writing , like me...I'm happy to see this & I'll definitely follow it!!!


  2. Suad, I love your comments. They show me that someone out there is reading these posts and enjoying them. Let me know if you have any suggestions about specific subjects/ issues you would like me to write about in my posts.


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