Games Writers Play – Twenty Uses For A ….

To write new and original stories and other things, you need to learn to think outside of the box. To be able to find a new take on a familiar topic or throw a twist into a story that no one sees coming is essential to writing things that folks will want to read.

Here’s  one method to learn how to think in creative ways.

“Twenty Uses for A…”  is a game that can be played solo or in a group.

Look around you and pick out an object. If nothing jumps out at you in your vicinity, you can choose something from memory.

Then, come up with twenty no-traditional uses for it.

For instance, a pair of slippers.

You can:

  • attach them to findings and use them as oversized earrings;
  • stuff them, draw on faces and turn them into stuffed animals;
  • build secret compartments into them and use them to hide government documents;
  • put them on your hands, walk around on your hands and tell people your head has slipped;
  • use them as molds for cement hedgehogs;

And so forth.

The first couple are relatively easy, but by the time you get to twenty, you’ll be really looking at your item in depth and challenging your concepts about what the item is and what it could be.

And those are great skills when you’re working on a story.

This game’s fun alone, but it’s even more fun in a group where you take turns and see who can get the most outrageous idea

So, this Thanksgiving, after dinner when the family’s all immobile, contemplate a game of “Twenty Uses For A…” and let your mind out of that box.

Catherine Kane

11/20/12

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Manifesting Something Better” all from Foresight Publications, click here

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