Creative Writing With The Cut'n'Mix Word Machine


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Cut'n'Mix is a unique word processing application which helps creative writers generate new ideas through the use of different methods of text randomization and manipulation. Cut'n'Mix expands the pallete of tools available to writers with functions not available in standard word processors:


News for Spring 2014:

In February 2012, Version 5.4 was to be the final release of Cut'n'Mix available for shareware licensing. Later that year Cut'n'Mix ceased to be a commercial "product" with associated bug fixes and technical support... Now, in response to numerous requests, an "as-is" (unsupported), full-function version of Cut'n'Mix will be made available (for a small download fee) from the DIGIMATICA media file download library:

Cut'n'Mix download available here.


(Previous licensees can get a free download credit if they need a new copy of the installer: email info@cutnmix.com for more info.)


Find out about how the Cut'n'Mix application came to be: from the initial inspiration through the variety of different versions, all is documented in the Cut-up Application Museum.
Mac OS X Version
Many of the word processing functions found in Cut'n'Mix for Windows are now available in a version for Mac computers. Basic functions like text shuffle and mutlitrack text file mixing are included, plus more unique features like "smart replace" (word morpher), shredding, gluing and random fill. The Mac version also introduces better handling of large text files by allowing the user to page through large texts 200 words at a time. To find out more about the Mac version functions or download a copy that will run on Mac OS X, go to:

Mac Version of Cut'n'Mix.
Tutorials, Demos, Creative Writing Resources


Cut'n'Mix User Guide Videos
Watch video clips demonstrating Cut'n'Mix functions.
For an online example of the Cut'n'Mix answer to "magnetic poetry", try the virtual paper and scissors style Cut-up Laboratory. To find out how Cut'nMix helps you astound, confuse and impress the groundlings, try Shakespeare's Brain . To read texts submitted by Cut 'n' Mix users over the years, there is a listing of Experimental Texts @ Sensationalism.co. A new online tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to turn output text from Cut'n'Mix into Ransom Note Art. Read a review of a recent film about Brion Gysin, the Canadian artist who is often credited as being the inventor of the "cut-up" method of creative writing. The film is centered around another of his creative inventions used to help expand consciousness and open the doors of perception: The Dream Machine. Cut-n-Mix.com revists a classic text by Edward de Bono: The Use of Lateral Thinking explains how logical, "vertical" thinking constrains the creative process. Creative writers need to throw a wrench in the works to get over writer's block (and other impediments to the imagination). As de Bono himself explains: "It is not possible to look in a different direction by looking harder in the same direction."