"Categories” or “The Grid Game” is something my family
played on car trips or at home. As an adult, I have found it to be a lot of
laughs at parties or writing jams. It’s also a good way to stir up creative
At the last writing jam at my place, Jud, Maria, Janice, Rachel,
Lauren, Jason, Ajua and I played. Sharing our results inspired belly laughs as
well as a-ha moments. Then we used the answers we came up with as a wordlist
for free writing.
So here’s the game and how you can participate now in this blog-based tourney. Three sections
follow: HOW TO PLAY SCORING PLAY NOW! HOW TO PLAY Create a 4x4 grid on a piece of paper. You could do this by
folding a paper into 16ths, or just draw lines. Here’s mine. You’ll notice I
left a little space above and to the left, which is not a bad idea. Above each column, we'll write our categories. When I was a
kid, we used categories like animals, foods, girl’s names, and colors. As an adult, I have found it more fun
to use farther-fetched …
Resparking the habit of frequent poem-writing this National Poetry Month, I've been putting the poetry prompts from both Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo.net into my hopper.Today's NaPoWriMo offering was too good to resist: Book spine poems! Lauren and Mirabai did some, too. The family that poems together, shows 'em together. I like the use of refrain. I'm pretty pleased with this one:
Lauren had similar thoughts, using two books I was planning to use. We tend to think alike and arrive at the same places at the same time. It's uncanny.
Mirabai's sweet poem: An Acceptable Time Teach Yourself to Dream KEEP OUR SECRETS HUG All the World What will you come up with?