Welcome to the Really System e-lit & Web Writing Lab
This page contains links and resources for participants in the #4c17 #MW04 Handcrafted Rhetorics workshop.
the web is not read-only
text + interactivity = fun
you don't need to know how to write a computer program to write a computer program
e-literature includes "works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer."
some things I've done
free simple software & tools for making/unmaking texts
Bookmarklets for changing text on webpages
Click here to see how to install and activate these.
- Edit Page bookmarklet (drag that link text to your bookmarks toolbar) This bookmarklet allows you to edit text in a webpage;
we're going to use this to revise our own texts in a browser. You can also use it to make hilarious fraudulent webpages.
The Deletionist (drag that link text to your bookmarks toolbar) is a bookmarklet that will disappear most of the text on a webpage, giving you an automatic erasure poem. More on that here.
- KICK ASS is a bookmarklet that will allow you to slowly destroy text on a webpage like the whole internet is a game of Asteroids™. More on Kick Ass here.
- fontBomb (drag that link text to your bookmarks toolbar) allows you to set bombs in text and destroy regions of them. More on fontBomb here.
- textexture bookmarlet instantly submit the text of any webpage to texttexture, linked below.
Tools for analyzing & visualizing texts
- Voyant Tools "See through your text..." Word frequencies, word clouds, & more, with stop lists. Look at one
text or compare many texts.
- Wordwanderer explore and compare common words in a text visually.
- Textalyser detailed statistics on readability, lexical density, common multi-word phrases, and sentence length.
- textexture visualize any text as a network. (free registration required)
- Bubbl.us graphically organize texts & outlines.
- Wordle word clouds from cut-and-paste or from URLs.
- Concordle wordle + concordancing.
- Wordtree map texts and see words used in multiple contexts.
- I Write Like compare your text to famous writers' styles.
More favorite websites for messing with text
Corpora to borrow from
Rapid fire writing prompts you can use with these tools can be found here.