Next time you want to challenge a writer friend, see if they can spell and define the word “susurrus.” That’s today’s offering in the Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day. I signed up for Thinkmap’s daily offering not only for the definitions, spelling, and word fun, but also because this tool offers a mindmapping representation of the day’s word. But don’t stop there. Make use of the “Look up a Word” feature. I’m a big fan and heavy user of mindmapping. Have been ever since Tony Buzan’s book came out in the late 70s. I find mindmapping helpful in every aspect of writing and have been known to mindmap an entire novel’s structure or a full day’s workshop on writing. For example, when I’m working on some aspect of a character I’ll look up the word description and see how other things relate. This simple process stimulates further creative thinking and often reveals hidden and wonderfully layered aspects to the work you’re doing. Stop all that cyber susurrus and give it a try.