To illustrate, here are a few of my favorites:
Bricolage means "odd jobs" in French, and for this activity is interpreted as using what's on hand. Set the timer for 2 minutes (or more or less) and take a common item, such as a marble, bobby pin, paper clip, or raindrop and consider how it could be used to improvise.
Can the bobby pin open a padlock and help someone escape? Would the marble offer entertainment to an ailing child? Might the paper clip be rigged to repair a faulty engine, one that's needed to rescue lost travelers? One raindrop might be the catalyst that ended a drought.
You never know where Bricolage might take you, whether in problem solving or a "fly on the wall" type narrative.
Old favorites include Taboo and Balderdash. They require creativity and interaction with others, sure to help you think fast on your feet. Anyone remember Password? Taboo is similar, making you skirt around certain words while making your partner guess the correct one. Balderdash's options offer tale spinning opportunities, just the thing to trigger the imagination.
I know I've mentioned this one before, but it's another excellent choice. In case you aren't familiar with it, Hemingway was asked to write a six word story. This is what he wrote:
For sale, baby shoes. Never used.
How's that for practicing word economy?
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What do you do to get your writing in gear? What are your favorite word-ly activities?
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