What is a word key?
As described in “Writing better lyrics” by Pat Pattinson
“similar to musical notes, words can group together in close relationships, like belonging to the same key. Call this a diatonic relationship”(Pattinson, 2009).
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So what is the purpose of this page?
In my writing I’ve found organizing sets of word keys to be highly beneficial and simple so I had the idea to list them here and update whenever I come up with more.
The key of each word will contain 12 related words to mirror the chromatic scale, here we go!
Aesthetic, painting, drawing, calligraphy, humanities, creation, expression, magic, surreal, shading, crafts, visualization.
Library, reading, literacy, Literature, Story, Information, Words, fiction, resource, text, education.
Night, cat, raven, blackberry, darkness, shade, pavement, twilight, carbon, coal, sunglasses, apathy.
Cryptography, algorithms, cryptocurrency, bitcoin, Ethereum, monero, decentralized, mining, technology, dash, financial, wallet.
Bluejay, crown-chakra, bluegrass, blues music, sadness, ocean, sky, calm, sapphire, blueberry, teal.
Feline, tiger, pet, stray, tabby, meow, purr, lion, Siamese, kitten, animal, domestic.
Technology, programming, software, hardware, binary, assembly, motherboard, machine, internet, laptop, monitor.
Chance, random, occult, Magic, unpredictable, anarchism, universe, gambling, insanity, madness, spontaneous, irrational.
Interpretation, REM, sleeping, unconscious, visions, surreal, oneirology, transcendental, theta, Carl-Jung, Freud, inspiration.
Electricity, renewable, power, kinetic, potential, fuel, electrons, protons, resistance, voltage, currents.
Burn, camping, mixtape, torch, lighter, Agni, matches, elemental, heat, mantle, wood, kindling.
Casino, cards, poker, betting, addiction, jackpot, winner, money, betting, stakes, chance, probability.
Plants, trees, environment, nature, vegetables, grass, limes, leaves, chlorophyll, algae, recycling, frogs.
Development, learning, profit, nurturing, gardening, value, auxology, linear, exponential, curve, hyperbolic, population.
Euphoria, Positive, Mood, Emotion, Value, Peace, Content, Satisfaction, Excitement, Party, Ignorance, Bliss.
Doctor, Hospital, Nutrition, Hygiene, diet, exercise, biology, condition, disease, nurse, dentist.
Crazy, catatonic, madness, illness, antisocial, paranoia, psychotic, manic, genius, chaos, corruption, repetition.
Romance, love, family, friends, intimacy, attraction, emotion, marriage, hate, pain, relationship, wedding.
Thought, contemplation, imagination, perspective, mentality, psychology, psychoanalysis, monologue, creativity, conscious, archetypes, anxiety.
Sound, songs, vocals, Instruments, bands, compositions, musicians, theory, rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre.
Cherry, apple, fire, ignition, combustion, char, blood, wine, communism, red-socks, strawberry, tomato.
method, biology, chemistry, observation, hypothesis, discovery, education, chemistry, scientist, researcher, discovery, physics.
Noise, loud, soft, rhythm, vibration, frequency, music, ears, waves, oscillations, perception, auditory.
Tracks, freight, engine, transportation, railroad, crossing, hobo, spike, station, trip, travel, subway.
Profit, wealth, gain, measurement, trade, price, demand, supply, economic, monetary, ascertain, sale.
Hydration, lake, pool, ocean, thirst, bottled, sink, well, drink, liquid, fluid, ice.
Caucasian, Blank, Tint, plain, T-shirt, vanilla, snow, eggs, albino, paper, salt, sugar.
Hospitals, radiation, technology, imaging, healthcare, machine, gamma, translucent, electromagnetic, wavelength, UV, cathode-rays.
Sunlight, lemons, sunflowers, bananas, bright, dandelions, color, spectrum, primary-color, pigment, corn.
Animals, captivity, cages, recreation, species, attraction, habitats, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, life.