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.