Welcome to ESPELIDES, a site that rearranges your text in new, unseen ways. Write or paste your words into the ESPELIDES window then click on one of the buttons to manipulate the letters and sentences. It's free.

Created by Michael Atavar, with programming by Piers Aitman.


Paste or write your text into the window. Click on the action of your choice.

CUT rearranges your words.

MORE adds more options, blurring the text.

EXTREME chops the language up even further.

You can do this multiple times; use UNDO or CLEAR to start again.

On the phone or tablet you can use PREDICTIVE TEXT to input your words. Simply click multiple times on the choices that the screen offers you.



ESPELIDES is created by Michael Atavar. Programming for the web app by Piers Aitman, with design and UI by Richard Scarborough. If you like this experimental approach to ideas, try Michael Atavarʼs latest book ʻHow To Have Creative Ideas In 24 Steps – Better Magicʼ.


The idea for ESPELIDES came to me at a time when I was recording all my dreams.

Itʼs a large audience in a cinema, the rows are packed. They are all using ESPELIDES, an automatic writing game. For them itʼs physical, however, I am saving it on a screen, to avoid losing my written text.

The background to this apparently spontaneous idea was that, for a long time, I had been using the cut-up technique of Brion Gysin and William Burroughs. In my own work, this method frequently helps me out of tight corners, where language becomes too proscriptive. It gives me further avenues of the unconscious on which to draw.

After having the dream, I decided to make my own engine, an instant I-Ching version, if you like, of the ESPELIDES writing game – a generative tool that could develop new effects and thoughts, primarily to use in my own writing.

I find it useful for product ideas, names, titles, exercises in writing.

This is what you now see as ESPELIDES.

Thanks to all writers using these experimental methods.

Michael Atavar