Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Creative Writing Game - Writer’s Block Game

Creative Writing Game

Writer’s Block Game

Sylvia Plath writing quote
Write the voice inside you - Sylvia Plath


I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.

-Writing Quote by Sylvia Plath
















For Game you will need:

Paper, pen, scraps of paper and a writing surface for each guest
Plastic cups
A picture
A master list

A master list is a list of 8 -10 phrases, names, words, etc. that all participants will use to create their story.

Creating a master list:  Pin up a photo and ask questions about the photo.  Here is one for a sample:

creative picture for writing game


Example:

Writer's Block
Creative Writing
Game Photo











Ask a question and have each guest put their answer in a plastic cup.  Ask the next question, put answers in a different cup. Do not reveal the responses until 8 - 10 questions have been answered.  Guest can also help you come up with questions.

Sample questions (Using above picture):
What is my name?
What do I do for a living?
What line do I use as a pick-up line in a bar?
What’s my nickname?
What will it say on my tombstone?
What is my favorite food? Book? Quote
Guest questions? Etc?

Only after all questions are done, then read all the answers to what is my name?  How fun and creative did your guests get?  After you read all responses, put the names back in the cup and randomly select one.  Everyone will put the name picked on their master list.  Then read all the answers to the question, “What do I do for a living?”  Then put answers back in cup and randomly pick one for master list.  Repeat until you get full master list.

Sample Master List (still using above Gator picture) for Writer's Block - Creative Writing Game:
(only write answers not what is in parenthesis) 

Vinny (what is my name)
Plumber’s assistant (occupation)
Have rose will travel (pick-up line)
Big Teeth, Little Feet (nickname)
Nobody believes I was a homely child (saying on tombstone)
Jeno’s Pizza Rolls (favorite food)  + 4 more. Shortened example

Now each person (using the same master list) tries to make up a story using all words or phrases on list.  Only rule:  Can not make up a story about the picture.

writer's quote: write your own story
Write your own story in life.

Here are some ideas, using our example master list. Note stories can not be about alligators:

Idea:  A story about a person or person in the room:

Yes, it was Paula’s 14th blind date in a row, but she was feeling pretty luck as she sprayed on her Have Rose Will Travel perfume all over her built like a plumber’s assistance body.  She quoted her favorite affirmation as she stared in the mirror:  Nobody believes I was a homely child.  Suddenly, the door bell rang..


Idea: Write an Famous person’s autobiography:

Call me, Abraham Big Teeth-Little Feet Lincoln as that is my true, full name.  I was named after my great grand-pappy, a smooth talking plumber’s assistance, who four score and seven years ago went a calling on my great grandma, Milly-Vinny-Lee, a mime singer/dancer.  He….


Idea:  A poem:

Ode to a Jeno’s Pizza Roll
Vinny-Vinny is my name
And eating Jeno’s Pizza Rolls is my game
It not only puts hair on my chest, woo-hoo
But hairs on my Big Teeth-Little Feet too

Yes, Vinny-Vinny is my name
And eating Jeno’s Pizza Rolls is my game
It….

Have each player read their stories!

Small prizes for all who were able to use all of the master list.  Bigger prize for the most creative.  

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45 comments:

  1. I wish I had this game for back in high school when we had to write essays or research papers and I just couldn't get my brain to work!

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  2. I want to use this game, we get writers block all the time in the Dojo.. We then just bounce ideas off each other to get something going.

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  3. Oh wow, that is pretty cool way to get over writers block.

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  4. This is a great idea! A good way to get the juices flowing.

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  5. Writer's block is the worst. What a fun way to get the mind thinking.

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  6. wowowow at first could not get it, but now as I understood, it's pretty cool !!!!!!!!! Wish I have a group of people to play this with..............

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  7. This is a great game! I always have writer's block, so I'm sure this would help. :)

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  8. Your So Inspiring And Crack Me Up At The Same Time Love Your Posts You Make Me Smile Thank You!

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  9. What a great way to inspire someone and give them ideas at the same time. Love this idea for a game!

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  10. That is a great idea. Sometimes I have writers block and this would work.

    Michelle F.

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  11. What an excellent idea and one I can share with the kids, especially when it's time to do a project and they need my help.

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  12. This is a great activity and I feel that I would also need to do it sometimes with my writer friends. I think that the thinking game will squeeze my brain cells out to produce a good idea haha.

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  13. I like this idea. it certainly would get your creative juices

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  14. Seems like a fun game to get the juices flowing. Thanks for sharing. Writer's block is the worst.

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  15. I like this kind of game especially for writing essays. This activity will squeeze all the juices in my brain. Hahaha!

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  16. This is a nice game to play especially if you don't have a big space. Perfect for office parties.

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  17. Great game to get your creativeness going and it sound like fun time. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. That would be a great fun game. I bet even my kids would like it. :)

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  19. That's a fun way to get some creativity flowing. And my kids would love reading about an ode to a pizza role, lolol

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  20. I LOVE that Sylvia Plath quote. She was an incredibly quotable woman. And what a clever way to get over writer's block. I'm definitely going to have to put this to the test the next time a block strikes.

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  21. Writer's block stinks. It's happened to be a couple of times. This is a fun way to get the creative juices flowing.

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  22. You're an endless source of creativity and good ideas. That game is a fun one too!

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  23. I love that first quote. I enjoy writing because I am able to share my thoughts and feelings with others who I don't see everyday.

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  24. What a neat way to get over the writers block. I find myself having that issue to frequently. Thanks for sharing

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  25. I love games like this as you never know where it will go.

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  26. LOVE THIS . I want to take it to the next blogging conference. It will be a hit

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  27. This is neat. Thanks for the creative ideas. I hate writers block!

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  28. I like this because it's an awesome tool, regardless of age or assignment. Thanks!

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  29. This is a very cool writing game. It promotes creativity and makes your brain work hard.

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  30. Wow, that is a great way to get over writers block.

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  31. I love that each one really gets your critical thinking skills going! Great exercise for the brain!

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  32. I love this, often I sit staring at my screen and just think "ummmm" my hubby is always up for letting me bounce ideas off of him so next time I will have to pull this game out and get my creative juices flowing even if I am not inspired to write the next big blockbuster it will be a fun night in with my honey and get my mind off the matter at hand so I can get past obsessing on it.

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  33. Nice reminders for writing. Thanks!

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  34. This is an awesome way to get over the dreaded writer's block!

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  35. Ok, I thought the exercise was fun. I gave him a name & everything lol I didn't realize further down in the post you would too :-) What a great idea to help get some creative juices flowing.

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  36. Thank you for sharing such a great collection on writing!

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  37. That is a great way to get out of a writers rut.

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  38. Great ideas. I get awful writers block.

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  39. The idea is absolutely wonderful for a classroom too. So many interesting uses for this method.

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  40. Love the method! Thank you for sharing!!

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  41. This is a great exercise to use for writer's block! I swear I get it a lot lately, so I'll definitely be trying this out.

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  42. Great game. I get writers block as well, this may help.

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  43. I love the Sylvia Plath quote....she's a favorite of mine! And, I really like this method for busting out writer's block!

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  44. This is a fun way to fight writers' block but also to inspire the little ones to write.

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