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Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)
TITLE: Scrabble Stories
By Lynn Radford
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A self-proclaimed logophile, I delight in using my current play in a sentence, preferably a pun on words. I have been in the habit of doing this since I first played Scrabble. It was a throwback to my spelling bee days, I think. It often annoys my opponents, but I do it anyway, with joyful abandon.
That is why it embarrasses me to admit that it took months before I could see the potential of the gold mine spread out before me. It happened one rainy afternoon in the middle of one of the driest spells my writing had experienced in years. I was searching for a play, studying the board, shuffling my tiles around and the words began to tell a story. I grabbed a pen and jotted them down. An hour later, I had a decent flash fiction draft. Since then, I have routinely challenged myself to use all of the words created in a given game to write a story or a poem. I do this when I am blocked and unable to think of what to write about, I do it when I’m stuck, and sometimes, I do it just for kicks.
Imagine! All those letter tiles spill forth to form a plethora of words; big words, small words, common words and unique words. One is limited only by the tiles on his or her rack. The possibilities are endless! No two games are ever the same, presenting a new challenge with every game played. The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to skillfully blend those words into a tight knit tapestry. Why not try your hand at a Scrabble Story the next time you are blocked?
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