Lesson 7

Let's go into "Edit Categories" and make that list of boat sections.

We go into "Create" again and select "Edit Categories." Then select "Add" and you will see another screen come up which is where you will write your new Word Categories.

Call the new Word Category "boatparts" and start typing this list, with each time you finish typing a line, hitting the tab key to go to the next line.

stern / bow / deck / sail / cabin / observation tower / rig / freeboard / kitchen / mast / bowsprit / rudder / hull

Add any more words you like. Then select the "Build Index" button and ParaMind will add this new category called "boat parts" to your list.

Instead of keeping "front" in "My boat's front" we will substitute "front" with the "boatparts" category.

It will look like this:

My boat's front should be powder blue but it should be designed vertically
My boat's stern should be powder blue but it should be designed flat
My boat's bow should be powder blue but it should be designed lengthwise
My boat's deck should be powder blue but it should be designed horizontally
My boat's sail should be powder blue but it should be designed on edge
My boat's cabin should be powder blue but it should be designed against the grain
My boat's observation tower should be powder blue but it should be designed vertically
My boat's rig should be powder blue but it should be designed open
My boat's freeboard should be powder blue but it should be designed in and out
My boat's kitchen should be powder blue but it should be designed round and round
My boat's mast should be powder blue but it should be designed however
My boat's bowsprit should be powder blue but it should be designed still
My boat's rudder should be powder blue but it should be designed powerfully
My boat's hull should be powder blue but it should be designed richly
My boat's front should be powder blue but it should be designed completely

Notice that since we have a smaller amount of words in the "boatpart" category than the words in our other "Word Categories" we have a few sentences left over in our idea list where the first three words "My boat's front" haven't been changed. You simply don't have to make all your word-lists the same size, you are not required to fill up the whole list box.

To put it a different way, the first "Word Category" that you used to merge makes a difference how many sentences will come out. That first merge will copy your original sentence as many times as there are words in that category. This is because you copy your sentence once for each word in the category. Then if the next "Word Category" you pick has less words in it, it will not substitute on all of the sentences of the word list.

Again, let's imagine that you like a few of these idea lists, but simply because you never thought of how the different parts of the boat, such as the observation tower, are going to look. You can save your whole idea list as "boat2," and then select sentences out of it you'd like to merge with the "Word Categories" again into new idea lists.

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