The Dictionary tells us that Sage is "aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game. It also means: A mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom.
In this case, TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus downloadable software for writers is your dictionary mentor who will guide your self-published books to profound wisdom.
TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus is another online dictionary that provides a comprehensive English dictionary and thesaurus that provides a number of useful and in some cases unusual search tools. Please take a look at the feature list and documentation for details.
The guys who created TheSage state that they are linguists. Their interest in offering TheSage is academic, not commercial, thus TheSage is free. Yippeee for us self-published writers!
TheSage allows you to look up words directly from most applications, offering multiple detailed definitions each coupled with its own thesaurus. Along with WordWeb Pro I use TheSage constantly when I am writing. If differs in many ways to WordWeb but it is equally as powerful at delivering you a wide choice of related words to use in your writing materials.
In particular I like how it gives you explanations for its choice of options that it throws out when you type in any give word. This comes in a ladder and like WordWeb it tells if the word choice is a noun, verb or adjective or adverb.
From the screenshot below you can see that you can have a multitude of word choices going on at any one time.
This is certainly a piece of software that all aspiring novelist and writers who aim to self-publish their books should have mooching away in the writing background!
TheSage to knock your self-published novel into shape with the best choice of strong, active verbs.