A Writing Game Through the Post   Leave a comment

Following on from the last post about a writing game I thought I’d post another example of a fun way to get writing.

There are a number of variations of this game but the one I’m going to describe involves envelopes. Also this is slightly hard to set up by yourself so like a would be magician, you may need a glamorous assistant to help you get started.

First of all you need five envelopes. Write on the front of each of them in turn the words: Character, Conflict, Weather, Setting and Object.

Ask your assistant to come with a list of words or phrases for each of the five categories. Now, I know you could do that yourself, but you might opt for an easy selection where everything could associate in a straightforward way. Your assistant should be encouraged to think of wildly different words or phrases for each group. Hopefully (s)he will come up with items you would never have considered.

The only other stipulation should be that you need twice as many characters as anything else (that’s if you are going to play the game until you exhaust all the words on the lists!)


Characters might be an undertaker or fishmonger

Conflict might be mistaking someone for someone else, or one of the characters discovering (s)he is adopted

Weather could be anything from a showery day to a blizzard

Setting might be in a convent or up a scaffolding

Object might be a magic lamp or a pen knife

You really don’t want to see the listed items at this point. Ask your assistance to cut them into single items and drop them into the appropriate envelope.

His/her work is then done. What’s next is your challenge. Take out two characters, and one item each from the remaining envelopes. The six items (including two characters, remember?) in front of you need to be woven into a piece of writing in whichever format you prefer.

Easy, do you think?


Posted June 12, 2011 by Alan Clark in Exercise, Game, Poet, Poetry, Short story, Story, Writer, Writing

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