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Creative Writing Exercise Number 3 from the Archive

scrabbleA very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did I say all you have to do!) To be fair, it’s unlikely to produce great writing, but it does demand that you’re inventive and imaginative and tenacious – some of the qualities you need as a writer. Think of it as a work out, limbering up for the week ahead.
In case the scrabble board isn’t as clear on your screen as it is on mine. I’ve listed the words below:

Quib
Fox
Exited
Top
Creed
Brute
Tear
Up
Zin
Dunkings
Moat
Sang
Shank
Jay
Low
Voted
Pine
Silly
My
Burl
Tribe
Afire
Hearts

By the way, Zin is a water spirit in West African folklore or a town in Afghanistan…that might be hard to fit in, but in the past students have used awkward words as names for characters and undiscovered worlds…

GOOD LUCK

photo credit: Monster Pete via photopin

This exercise first appeared on this blog on August 19 2013

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2 comments on “Creative Writing Exercise Number 3 from the Archive

  1. ksbeth
    August 4, 2017

    i love this. when tutoring, i often do this as an exercise using a child’s vocabulary words that they are learning. we both write a short story incorporating all of the words and then read them aloud to each other. through this, they learn to use the words in context, to be creative in their writing process, and to work on grammar and syntax. we often laugh out loud at how the stories turn out and i find it a positive way to expand their (and my) literacy skills and practices.

  2. bridget whelan
    August 5, 2017

    Thank you for sharing such a great idea. I’m going to volunteer in a primary school in the autumn, running a creative writing programme for older children. I will use it then – do you use the scrabble board?

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