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Word Games to Help Writers Stay Creative

With so many creativity tools out there, writer’s block will stay at bay.

Creativity is hard to come by sometimes. After a stressful day at work, it can be hard to think of your next article. When writer’s block puts up its wall, you have to knock it down. Go to your creative spot and start writing. Write out your stress about your day and soon you’ll be able to think without any tension. Once you’ve accomplished this, and you still can’t accomplish a good topic, try one of these many games. I have used them over and over and it has always helped me come up with fresh, new ideas.

1. Text Twist

Pick a word, any word. It can be a word like mountain, children or education. Now, set your timer. Your goal for this game is to make as many words out of this base word as possible. Remember, no cheating by making the same word with endings! Sometimes I’ll use two words with this game and it adds to the creativity. It’s a great way to get your brain pumping with ideas and to get it active for writing.

2. Alpha-Mix

For this game, choose 10 letters of the alphabet at random. For instance, let’s choose S, M, E, L, R, P, D, T, A and C. Now, form a sentence using these letters. Here’s mine: Sally may eliminate Lillian’s  research paper due to academic cheating. If these letters don’t work for you, mix them up or try new ones. I’ve done it before where I keep the same letters and continue writing sentences. I try to write a paragraph that’s using the same group of letters. Sometimes this exercise can turn out humorous and other times it can turn out serious. Just have fun with it and be creative.

3. Endings start the Beginnings

I think the name says it all for this exercise. First, choose a word. Let’s say–documents. Next, choose a word that starts with the ending, such as secret. Are you catching the theme? Continue until you have at least five, maybe 10 of these related words. It’s then that I usually look to see how I can put them together. It may be a poem, essay, or article. Whatever you think is best for your group of words, get creative and try it out. It may prove to be a big hit and you may have a great piece of writing.

4. Magnetic Poetry

Have you ever seen ‘Magnetic Poetry’ in the cashier line at bookstores? One of my friends has this on her refrigerator and I am always playing with it at her apartment. It’s basically magnetic words and you rearrange them into phrases or sentences. It’s a great way to get creative and get started on your next piece of writing. In fact, if you go to magneticpoetry.com, you can buy kits that are even better.

5. Simple Simile, Metaphor Magic

Whenever I’m stuck, I try to be creative with my word play. One of the techniques I use is to turn either into a simile or a metaphor. Similes usually compare two direct things that are unlike and use ‘as’ or ‘like’; metaphors use ‘is.’ For example, The clock is ticking as fast as the hare’s pocket watch (simile). She stole the spotlight on the stage. Similes and metaphors often give a new light to the meaning of your writing. It can also provide you with a great angle that you may not have considered before this exercise.

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  1. Jimmy Shilaho

    On April 8, 2010 at 6:07 am


    Very informative.

  2. Frances Lawrence

    On April 8, 2010 at 10:47 am


    I really enjoyed this article, anything that helps with ideas has to be worthwhile.

  3. giftarist

    On April 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm


    Thanks for sharing these suggestions. A great post!

  4. Guy Hogan

    On April 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm


    I really like Endings Start The Beginnings.

  5. vaughanh

    On April 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm


    Good ideas, useful as literacy lesson starters too. Thanks!

  6. Lady Fantasy

    On May 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm


    Very neat ideas and will have to try these when it fits the need to do….would be challenging thing to do at times.

  7. versatile artist

    On May 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm


    Great ideas and the first one would be fun to do I think,making one think about what words you have to find.

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