Improvisation saves writers time.

Many writers are actually improvising when they write their first drafts. They following their spontaneity and intuition where it leads as they make their way from scene to scene. However, writing scenes takes a lot longer than playing through them in a visualization, or moving through them in a quick improv game. 

Plus, when playing an improv game, players are more likely to tap into a playful state of mind. Play can be elusive when working with words on a page. When drafting, it’s easy to listen to our inner critic and begin to re-read and revise as we go. That critical mindset blocks the intuitive flow that is so essential in a first draft. Thus, improvising not only saves you time by helping you experiment with options faster, but also by helping you avoid the mental wrestling match between your critical and creative mindsets.

The art of improvisation is one of the cornerstone skills developed in the Writerly Play Studio.

The Writerly Play Studio, like the other Writerly Play rooms, is designed to help creatives separate their thinking into distinct steps. By knowing the purpose of a thinking task, we can utilize activities toward stronger results.

In this set of Writerly Play activities, we’ll look at four ways creative thinkers of different styles might tap into the power of improvisation, while also playing to their strengths.

Choose the activity that best fits your creativity style. Not sure what your style is? Take the quick quiz and find out.

ACTIVITIES

The Who, What, & Where Experiment

FOR ARCHITECTS

Use this structured improv game to experiment with options for your next scene.

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Step Into Your Character's Shoes

FOR INVENTORS

Take on your character’s mindset and play through a scene in a variety of ways in this improv game for writers.

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Improvised Storytelling

FOR COLLABORATORS

Create a collaborative scene with a partner, using their questions to help you better understand your main character’s point of view.

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Improvise the Highlights

FOR SPECIAL AGENTS

Use this quick-thinking improv game to identify key moments in your scene and shortcut the experimentation process.

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