24 June 2010

50 Excellent Writing Activities to Cultivate Your Creativity and Craft

by Jesse Young

Continued from last week...If you’re a good writer, you can succeed in any industry, no matter what kind of online degree you have. But even great writers sometimes have trouble organizing their work, polishing up the details, or even picking a cohesive idea to write about. Here are 50 excellent writing exercises to help cultivate your creativity and craft, from brainstorming to beating writer’s block and remembering your motivation.  

Part 3 of 7: Games

Find a mixture of online, group and individual games that will help you play with words and find inspiration for your stories.
  1. 3 Perspectives: Challenge yourself to look at your topic from three different perspectives: its description, its history and evolution, and how it’s "mapped:" who and what it’s related to.
  2. Link Love Mad Libs: Bloggers should write a post but leave in blanks for links they want to share. Then they can fill them in so that the anchor text is the name of the partner blog. See how this blogger did it.
  3. Write a legacy brick: On a legacy brick, you have limited space to write something important and to the point. Write legacy bricks for different characters or events to practice being concise.
  4. The Opposite Game: Every time you think of an adjective, come up with a creative opposite.
  5. I Have a Secret: Another group activity, this game instructs everyone to write down a secret on a piece of paper, then fold it up and toss it into a container. Mix up all the secrets then take turns picking one out. You’ll end up using someone else’s secret as inspiration for your story.
  6. Electronic poetry: This game is like magnetic poetry on the computer.
  7. Etymologic: Learn about word history and usage here.
  8. Text Twist: This game is sort of like Scrabble and Boggle put together.
  9. Free Rice: This vocab game has a philanthropic twist and can help you get out of your word rut.
  10. Bookworm: Learn definitions of weird words that can add interest to your writing.
next week: Language and Grammar

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