(PRWEB) August 19, 2004
Writer's Dreamtools, a series of useful tools to enhance writers' and students' creativity, spark ideas and fight writer's block have been released. Filled with factoids, instant research and lists galore, they are targeted at journalists, screen and TV writers, advertising copywriters, speechwriters, PR professionals, novelists and students. The URL is http://www.writersdreamtools.com
The seven programs include historical events by day and decade, a huge collection of lists, a dictionary of clichÃ©s and catch phrases, an unexpurgated slang thesaurus (the only one on the web), humorous quotations, and a selection of classic Internet humor pieces. The historical databases and web humor sections are free. Lists, ClichÃ©s, Slang and Quotes are offered on a reasonable annual subscription for individuals and companies. A Palm OS version of the daily calendar of historical events is also available from the site.
The programs have been compiled by award-winning copywriter, editor and communications consultant Larry Belling, an American based in London. They were originally marketed in the early '90s as Apple Macintosh HyperCard stacks, and have been substantially revised, expanded and updated.
Events Day-by-Day lists almost every famous person in history who was born or died on each particular day of the year. More than 5,300 major events in history are included - war, government, aviation, art, entertainment, black history, women's rights, sports, automotive, business, space, science, industry, natural disasters and . It includes more than 750 religious and national holidays and a thousand Saints' Days.
History by Decades includes a page for every decade going back to the 1650s on which appears a list of all the people who were famous during that decade, the major events of the times, new inventions, innovations and technology, and all the important things that were happening in art, music, literature, entertainment, media, religion, science, money and fashion. It also names the bad guys, who died, and the new slang expressions and buzzwords that came into existence
ClichÃ©s and Catch Phrases lists about 18,000 expressions all linked by alphabetical indices with over 1,700 key words. It is useful for journalists and headline writers and screen and TV writers looking to mangle clichÃ©s for comedy effect. Great for punsters.
Collection of Lists contains more than 650 complete lists of things such as animals, archaeology, architecture, art, astronomy, atomics, aviation - and those are just the A's. There's a list of almost everything - names, people, places and things - animal, vegetable and mineral.
Slang Thesaurus is a massive database of 23,000 entries with key words and linking categories. It includes black, Yiddish, Cockney-rhyming, surfer, skateboarding, gang-speak, Australian, gay, and some West Indian slang. Any collection of slang words must naturally contain some which many people consider offensive. This program is definitely not suitable for children.
Quotes Witty & Wise contains 3,300+ humorous quotations from 1,200 authors from Goodman Ace to Emile Zola organized by both authors and categories. There is a wealth of humorous quotes from Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Dorothy Parker, Fred and Woody Allen, Sam Goldwyn, W.C. Fields, Wilson Mizner, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Groucho Marks, H.L. Mencken, Josh Billings, Kin Hubbard, Mark Twain, Mae West, Noel Coward and many others including that really funny guy, Albert Einstein.
The original HyperCard programs were well received in the early '90s. The New York Times published a positive review in November '91under the headline, 'Tapping a Pipeline of Factoid and Fact,' by L.R. Shannon. "Anybody who cranks out copy on a Macintosh, either professionally or as a student, should find the set a source of inspiration and amusement. It is also a treasure of factoids, those gems of information that make a piece of writing seem more authoritative and better researched than it really is," he wrote. "When the chips are down (1940's slang), Writer's Dreamtools may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread (50's), but it is pretty far out (70's)."
Writer's Dreamtools can be found at http://www.writersdreamtools.com
The four subscription programs are collectively priced at $20 per year for individuals, $99 for companies. A Palm OS version of Events Day-by-Day is priced at $15, and can be downloaded from the website.
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