CONCEPT: A unique approach to creative writing that uses adaptive word banks to support the construction of text.
DELIVERY: Almost the natural progression from using built in dictionaries and thesauruses, Creative Writer allows users to build a piece of writing up from a combination of suggested words and your own ideas. It's a unique idea that works better than you might expect and has to be tried to be fully appreciated.
Choosing from a small selection of fonts and paper backgrounds, the user is presented with a blank canvass and the choice of several "genres" of word banks. So if you choose romantic, the logic is that words more suited to that style of writing are proffered in your direction. As you choose words, the order in which they are presented to you adapts so that words that are more grammatically plausible after your previous choice are at the top. For example, if you started with "Alex went" then you're likely to find words like "to" or "out" at the top next. At any point you can also elect to bring up the onscreen keyboard to add your own words in manually.
There's nothing to say you have to use the app to knock out your next novel and it can work really well as a sentence building tool in a grammar lesson.
LIMITATIONS: The variety of the word banks is a little stunted, with three essentially romantic ones whilst are general fiction grouped under one set. Students could get lost in the selection of words and lose focus on the overall composition. The word banks also do not adapt to characters (favouring the name Alex) so if you add a different character name, you'll have to do it each time you wish to use it. It is also essential that you use the profanity filter as there is some strong language within the app.
CONCLUSION: In the right hands this could be a revelation and it's definitely worth playing around with to see if it suits you. 3/5
Creative writing exercises
Sentence work and construction
Examining word order and word classes
Supporting less able or reluctant writers