A is for ASSOCIATIONS (free association and word associations)

Wordle: Associations

A word association occurs when you identify the first word that comes to mind when you hear or read a word.

Basically, our mind makes a connection to the word depending on our past experiences and learning. We could think of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs or even synonyms and antonyms. We can also make connections to phrases, events, and pictures. We might even connect using our senses (for example, a word that relates to a phrase that triggers a smell that reminds us of a memory from our childhood).

1)      Choose a word or topic and record your thoughts using a web, clusters or list form.

2)      Then use a Thesaurus or www.thesaurus.com to find other synonyms and antonyms or related words.

3)      Or try Word Associations Network  – Provides several definitions, pictures and associations of the word in form of nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs

4)      Use Wordle  – Create word clouds (such as the two presented here) using your own words and change the fonts, layouts, and colours before printing for your own use as creative inspiration
Wordle: Associations

Free association is identifying whatever comes to mind whether it is ideas, emotions or feelings.

This can occur in an undirected situation. For example, as I was sitting in my rocking chair, drinking my coffee and listening to the cars drive by my house, I looked around my living room peacefully and soon found myself staring at the fire through my woodstove window. As I stared at it, I found myself watching the flicker of the flame and my mind started to wander through past memories of fires; starting fires and relighting fires. When I was ready I picked up my pen and started to write. Other writers have written or used the computer and immediately recorded whatever word, collection of words, ramblings, or thoughts that came to mind – even separated them by periods, spaces or new paragraphs – and then followed a related train of thought until it ran out, then picked up with a new thought and continued writing for a certain amount of time.

Related Articles:

How to Jump Start Writing with Clustering  (www.ehow.com)

Finding Ideas for Writing (rbigausk.disted.camosun.bc.ca)

Prewriting Strategies (writing.ku.edu)

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About Denise Reashore

Denise M. Reashore spends most of her free time reading, writing, and gardening - - or staring out the window at the brightness of a new day and dreaming of digging in the earth. Throughout the winter, precious free time goes into mapping and planning her future garden and, hopefully, writing and reading retreat. The rest of the time, from September to June, she spends working as an elementary school teacher. She lives on almost 3 acres, in an old Victorian style home, with her husband, two lovely daughters, and a cat.

11 responses to “A is for ASSOCIATIONS (free association and word associations)

  1. I had not hear of that Word Association website before. I will check it out for sure 🙂


  2. Barbara White Daille

    I love to do free-association and mind maps. Great start to your A to Z. Will look for your future posts.

    You got the jump on me. At 1480-something, I’m almost double your number. 🙂



  3. Hunter

    Great start post. Definitely following yours after discovering it. I’ve always loved wurdle, but never thought of it for free association.


  4. Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !

    Thank you for the inspiring idea.


  5. Word Association – one of my absolute favorite writing prompt activities! Thank you for these fabulous links. 🙂

    And thank you for the visit and comment over at writercize!

    ~Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com
    Cheering you on from A through Z!!


  6. I learnt this type of word association on my creative writing course. Very useful for sorting things out in my cluttered mind. 🙂

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