Just for Fun

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Just for Fun

Below are several archived tips from the former “Just for Fun” category. Though some tips were edited by the current guru, James Gapinski, most are the original creations of past Life Tips gurus.

Write a Story in Pictures

Instead of a writing a story, create one using pictures you've found on the internet or in old catalogs or magazines. Then, ask a friend to guess the plot of the story! This is a fun game to do with close friends, family, or loved ones.

Haiku for Two

Grab a buddy and head to the park. Jot down a few haikus about the scenery and take turns reading aloud to each other.

Fun with Magnetic Poetry

Grab a Magnetic Poetry box at the bookstore and go wild. Suspend what you know about good poetry and try for the funniest, most absurd, or just plain awful. Get a gang together and have a tournament.

The Dinner Party

Throw a dinner party or other casual gathering for a few friends. Play the kiddie game where one person tells the first few lines of a story, going around the table until each person has gotten to contribute a piece. Let the story wind and meander. Be creative and adventurous. Go around the table until the story is complete. Be sure to video/audio-tape it so that you can make a written transcription later. Put the typed-up version into an attractively decorated booklet and send to your guests as souveneirs of the fun!

Sketch in your journal

Sketching while you think can be a relaxing and fun activity. Forget words today. Just sit on your front stoop and sketch the world as it goes by.

Write under a pseudonym

Write a provocative letter-to-the-editor and submit it to your local newsletter under a pseudonym. If you live in a small town, you’re likely to hear gossip about this mysterious firebrand no one’s ever heard of.

Write from an unconventional POV

Write a short-short or poem from an unconventional POV, such as a space-alien or a hammer. Submit the final piece to a humor journal like the Funny Times (http://www.funnytimes.com)or post it on your personal website.

Join an online writer´s community

Writing communities like Writing.com are great outlets for your creativity when you want to relax and have some fun. You can create and post haikus, write a column about telemarketers, and offer feedback on what other registered authors are doing. You can be as silly or serious as you want.



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