In her article Games (click to see PDF), to be published in the May 2013 issue of Writer Magazine, author Karen M Rider describes how simple story-telling games can become powerful tools for writers. She explains:
As authoring tools, games encourage players to write stories and design new worlds. Storytelling games provide deeper understanding of language, the world we live in and ourselves. They unleash freedom of expression and, frequently, insight into solving seemingly intractable personal or business problems. While you’re playing ‒ creating a story with you kids or writing group ‒ you might just write the next best-seller.
You’ll find some of our favorite Major Fun games in this category: Tell-Tale, Rory’s Story Cubes, Think-ets, and Dixit. And, if you read the article, you’ll find even more games worthy of your writerly consideration.
You’ll also find some free, non-commercial, not-even-packaged, yet significantly writer-worthy games in our Infinite Games collection, e.g.:
- If We Were – imaginary transformations
- Polaroid – build an image and see what develops
- It Could Be Worse – And it could be even worse than that
- Inner-Eye Movie – edit an imaginary film
- Phantasy Photoshop – imaginary collages
- Word-at-a-time stories – group writing
And yes, your Major was quoted in the article, which just goes to show you.