Meet your new muse. Destroy writer's block forever. Escape the beaten path and discover what you *didn't know* you wanted to say.

〰 Bypass your ego and regain your creative spark
- When experiencing writer's block our own minds can be our worst enemy.
- We get caught in the mud, hung up, and mope around in endless ruts, seemingly cursed by an infinite loop of inaction.
- But sometimes we've just got to hit refresh, shuffle the deck, ruffle some feathers, evacuate our comfort zones, and sidestep our rituals and habits.
- When songwriters get stuck -- they switch to a different instrument
- WordPalette is a different instrument!

〰 Up to six sliding lanes of intelligently scrambled text
- Short poetic phrases are intuitively grouped and stair-cased across the four slider lanes
- Each lane slides in both directions independently
- The phrases are loaded from Palettes (your collected text sources)

〰 Quickly switch between keyboards
- Simply tap the keyboard button, or swipe left to quickly switch between the slider lanes and the default iOS keyboard
- You're not just switching between keyboards but between creative states
- Many workflows are possible :
- Rapid-fire between the keyboards, leveraging the "found" inspiration of the sliders with your own creative reactions.
- Use the sliders to amass a collection of words that resonate with you, then switch to the default keyboard and weave them together.
- For cut-up method purists: use *only* the word sliders, hunting through the lanes for the perfect compliments and juxtapositions.

〰 Import your favorite text sources and convert them into Palettes.
- Palettes are converted sources of text used to populate the word sliders.
- Instantly paste copied text via the Add (+) button on the Palettes page, and convert.
- You can also import plain .txt files from iCloud Drive and other popular cloud services
- Alternatively, enable our Share extension to send text from other apps to be converted into Palettes.

〰 Mix and match your Palettes
- Activate and deactivate your collected Palettes to control what appears in the word sliders.
- The word slider keyboard will only pull phrases from currently activated Palettes.
- Get creative with your combinations! (i.e., text from an article on underwater birth, and an article on the predatory habits of sharks)

〰 Contact
- @wordpalettes

What's New

Version 1.9.3

〰 Updates & Refreshes
- Seven new slider keyboard color schemes: Emerald Sea, Steel Shale, Ripe Peach, Blue Blood, Royal Cloak, Film Noir, and Snow Globe!
- Tweaked the navigation tint colors for Sheets, Palettes, and Settings sections (now with unique dark and light mode tints)

〰 Bug Fixes & Glitches
- Fixed minor glitch that would cause top jerky animation of top navigation bar when pushing from Sheets to compose view
- Fixed bug where a Sheet's modified date would be updated even when no changes to Sheet had been made (causing the Sheet to appear at top of Sheets list)

〰 Contact
- Feel free to hit me up with suggestions, bug reports, or just to talk shop about creative writing
- @wordpalettes on Twitter

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Phenomenal! Riveting!! LOVE IT! Much needed!


I love this app! My poetry went to another level simply because of the access seeing words I know but would not think of without seeing them. When you see see these beautiful words juxtaposed against other words it make my writing more intense and creatively juicy! A++++++ all the way for this app Christopher till the cows come home!!! I wish there was another one related to it that would have a theme like palettes of words that describe emotions or characters. Excellent job! This app makes writing a game changer! A must have!

One critique... it would be nice if one of the shortcut keys would be a space bar, in addition to the period comma and backspace delete button.

The best writing app I've found yet!


I almost always have a problem finding the right words when I sit down and write. Little did I know that All i needed was a pool of random vocabulary words to get me out of that ditch and back into real meaningful writing. Thank you so much for creating this app, Christopher.

Necessity for any writer, especially poets.

Random Word Generator


This is nothing more than a random word generator. It does nothing practical to address writer's block. For example, when typing a noun, you'd think that verbs and direct objects would populate the "palettes." Or, a participle would generate phrases. But, no. All this does is toss up random words that have no association with sentence structure. If there's a particular way this app assists writers, you won't find help files to guide you. If I have to go outside an app to figure out how it works, it's a quick uninstall.

Developer Response

Heya Williams77, it's unfortunate you did not find the app useful, but I appreciate the time taken to pen an honest review. You're essentially correct, although the words technically aren't generated but rather culled from the text sources you have imported. I'd personally classify it as an open ended creative tool. Two features in the works that may interest you: 1) the ability to filter sources by word length as well as syntax and 2) written how-tos and video tutorials. If you'd like to talk shop or discuss different techniques / constraints I've used to get the most out of WordPalette, don't hesitate to reach out at


Christopher Garver
32.8 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2015 Christopher James Garver
In-App Purchases
  1. Optional Gratuity Level 1 $0.99
  2. Optional Gratuity Level 3 $4.99
  3. Optional Gratuity Level 2 $2.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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