Wordplay Wednesday : Word Tickets
Last week Wordplay Wednesday was about making word collages to stimulate some creative work. This week I am presenting another activity for those whose learning style tends toward the tactile/kinesthetic. We are going to make word tickets which we will then use to stimulate ideas for writing .
You will need some index cards, sticky notes, or even an actual roll of tickets which you can purchase at an office supply store. You could also use an old deck of cards and write words on the back.
You are going to do some word collecting. There are a couple of ways to find words for your tickets:
~ If you are keeping a Lexicon ( word book) as suggested in a previous Wordplay Wednesday post, you can rummage around in it to find some words you already love.
~ You can spend some time randomly browsing a thesaurus or dictionary to find interesting words.
~ You can collect words from your reading. Whenever I read a book, I try to keep a collection of 3×5 cards nearby so I can jot down words, phrase or quotes I want to remember. The words end up in my Lexicon and the phrases and quotes go into my idea files. ( more about those in a future post).
~ Brainstorm words you like or simply take stock of your surroundings and write down what you see.
Put one word on each card until you have about 20. Now flip through your words. What kinds do you have? Nouns? Adjectives? Verbs? Now take about 10 cards and write some color words, a few interesting nouns or verbs, to add where there might be a deficit.
Now the fun begins:
1. Shuffle your words..
2. Lay them out in rows of three until you are out of cards.
3. Read the lines aloud. Does a poem, image, or story idea emerge?
If so, write it down. Play around with it. Write for 5 minutes.
If your writing has energy, keep going. Once you begin to run out of steam, repeat steps 1-3.
Read aloud again. Write down whatever the words make you think of. Perhaps they trigger a memory or suggest a character or event. Write for 5 minutes or until you reach a stopping point.
.Keep your word tickets and continue to add to them from time to time. You can keep them in a shoebox ,wrap a rubber band around them, or toss them in a plastic sandwich bag. Repeat this activity whenever you need a burst of inspiration.
Here are my words. I will post on Friday what I wrote from playing with word tickets.
Have fun! Use word tickets to take yourself on a writing adventure!