We live in a world of writing games.
Standard board games like Scrabble, Balderdash, and Pictionary effectively exercise our writing muscles.
Some of my favorite games are those we find or make ourselves. Here are a few that I play:
- Photo Captions. Find any photo that interests you. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Start writing one-sentence captions for the photo. Stop when your time is up.
- People Writing. Based on the classic cafe game People Watching. Sit in any public establishment which serves beverages and will let you linger. Find a person who intrigues you. Set a non-annoying and unobtrusive timer for 10-15 minutes, and write your imaginings about his or her life story.
- Train Station Poetry. While waiting for a train, look around. Observe advertisements, billboards, newspaper headlines, graffiti. Grab a few phrases that strike you. Write them down in your notebook. Re-arrange them. Add words to connect them. Is anything forming?
The key to all of these: PLAY! Have fun. Be light. Don't judge your work. Let the words flow out of you and onto the paper. This stuff doesn't even qualify as the first draft of anything, though you may really like what you create.
What writing games do you play?