Writing Off Each Other

I haven’t had time to be social during NaNoWriMo this year, but there is a great game we’ve played the past couple of years that helped relax the group about writing (and it’s turned out to be better than a book of Mad Libs!)

You’re familiar with the concept of the Writing Round Robin, right? You set a time limit, say two minutes, and everyone starts a story. Once the time limit is up, the papers all move one writer to the left, the timer is reset, and everyone adds to the story they’ve been handed.

The benefit, and a bit of a time-hog, is that you can see what you’re adding to and then it’s up to you to decide whether to continue the story as is, or to give it a funky plot twist.

The game we like to play takes the Round Robin and makes it a bit more interesting. One person starts off by writing two sentences. They then fold back the paper so that only the end of the second sentence is showing. They hand the folded paper to the next person, who adds two sentences and folds back the paper. It continues this way until everyone is tired of adding sentences or you run out of paper.

One person then reads that story, much to the roaring laughter of the rest of the group.

It’s fun, it’s easy. It gets you thinking. Give it a try at your next writing group.


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