Saturday, February 2, 2013

Literary Games

Brrr!  It's been cold outside, and maybe you are looking to have some fun with friends indoors for a change, but are tired of all your video games and board games.  Why not try some old school games with a literary bent?  Put your heads together for a selection of fun literary games you can play to while away the time!

Write your own 6-word memoir!

Use Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure (edited by Larry Smith) as a memoir creation guide!  Will your memoir sound more like Chuck Klosterman's "Nobody cared, then they did. Why?" or Amy Sedaris' more obscure ""Mushrooms. Clowns. Wands. Five. Wig. Thatched"?

Play Book Title Hangman!

The website has their own book title hangman ready for you to play, or use Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot-Potato, and Ha, Ha, Ha: A Rule Book of Childhood's Games by Jack Maguire to start your own game if you've forgotten the rules.

Be a 140 Character Author!

The TwitterFiction Fest was last October, but if you want to hone your tweeting skills, try writing a story in 140 characters.  The book The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems, edited by Georgia Heard, has some poems created from words found in Twitter feeds, and you can also take a look at Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World by Alan Beard and Alec McNayr for more ideas.

Be a Book Spine Poet!

What kind of poetry can you make from book spines?  Check out these entries from last year's LibraryThing contest!  So easy, but such entertaining results!

Book spine poetry by abcreads

Adapt other classic games to literary purposes! Search for books about classic games using the subject "Games - Rules".
Just-for-fun links

10 Literary Board Games for Book Nerds

What's Scrabble When You Can Play Novelist?

Notable Novelist: A Card Game for Book Lovers

LitLovers' Games and Icebreakers for book clubs!

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