logoWriters: concerned about the rhythms and cadences in your sentences? Try plugging them into Typedrummer, an unique online wheeze that’s basically a drum machine for text. Each letter is apparently keyed to a particular sound or beat, meaning that you can produce the most mind-destroying monotony by simply holding your finger on the same key. On the other hand, actual sentences yield more complex and actually attractive sounds.

Created by Kyle Stetz, Typedrummer feels like one of the most insanely addictive ways to test your writing mettle. The resulting beat can be shared online from the site. And I can confirm that, while simple sentences yield plain beats, a line of Wordsworth or Keats creates something far more harmonious. Possibly not as harmonious as the original, but that’s one of the fun things that fans are probably going to spend hours beating their brains over …

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Paul St John Mackintosh is a British poet, writer of dark fiction, and media pro with a love of e-reading. His gadgets range from a $50 Kindle Fire to his trusty Vodafone Smart Grand 6. Paul was educated at public school and Trinity College, Cambridge, but modern technology saved him from the Hugh Grant trap. His acclaimed first poetry collection, The Golden Age, was published in 1997, and reissued on Kindle in 2013, and his second poetry collection, The Musical Box of Wonders, was published in 2011.


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