At a writers’ retreat recently we played a game. It was new to me. *From a list of words randomly assigned to us by fellow writers, we had to write a story using all of the words. The results were hilarious, poignant, and silly. I’m sharing one and encouraging you to try this with friends and family. It is such a fun, creative, and bonding experience and it demonstrates the power of words to affect us. So, here are my words: ORPHAN, LEPRECHAUN, CAUTIOUS, LEATHER, EARS, ROCK ‘N ROLL, FRITTER, COCOA, and EXCITE.
Rock ‘n Roll music drifted out of the door of the bakery. Orphan Angela’s ears perked up. Cautiously she inched closer. She pressed her nose against the glass and drooled over the cocoa-covered fritters. She closed her eyes and wished. Shazam! A tiny, wrinkled Leprechaun in leather lederhosens, a hat tilted precariously on his head, appeared. Orphan Angela became excited that her wish for the mouth-watering pastry would soon be fulfilled. The End.
If you didn’t laugh, I guess you had to be there. But you get the picture. Among partying friends, at a family reunion, at a church youth group – any gathering – this game of words can be a great addition to the festivities. Give it a try. Anything goes (please keep it G or PG 13 around kids). Lets bring back words, writing, sharing, talking, laughing and creating.
*Using a dinner napkin, write a word at the top, fold it over and pass it to the next person. They write a word (or short phrase), fold it over and pass it along…until it gets back to you. A list of about 8 or so words is good. Enjoy!