N. Renee Brown

Part-time Author, Full-time Book Junkie

Serving Improv: 10 Things

Improv strikes again!  Let’s have some fun in our worlds today with…

10 Things

This is a WORLDBUILDING game.  You will need some strips of paper, a container, a writing instrument, a pad of paper and a timer.

Pull a strip of paper out of the container…get your pad and pen set up…put an timer on for 30 seconds and GO!

Wait, what? What are you writing down?  Why 30 seconds?  ARGH!

Ok, ok, don’t panic.  This is a game all about overcoming your preconceived notions about the world you are building.  It is about putting as much information down as quickly as possible on your paper without thinking about it.

So what you want to do is write down aspect of your world: landscape, travel, religion, military, trade, politics, etc.  These should be very wide (unless you know you’ve got something specific you want to reveal more information about) to allow you to get the most out of your 10 things.

Once you have your strips filled out, dump them in a container, and refer to the beginning of the post.  Time to get your paper and pen out, your timer set, and  pull a strip and write!

AS FAST AS YOU CAN, write down 10 things about the subject you pulled.  DON’T THINK ABOUT IT!  JUST GO!

When I played this game in my improv class someone asked the girl next to me, “what were 10 things you wanted to be when you grew up?”

She did fine till she got to 4 when she said: maid.  She got a horrified look on her face, but kept going…at about 7 she said princess and then secretary, then she pulled it out of the fire with dragon and maze.

See, the point of this game isn’t to list things that make sense, but to list things that come to you when you are thinking about the aspect of the world you have drawn but can’t process the “usual” or “normal” responses.  It’s like looking at a star that is too dim to see straight on, look at it out of the corner of your eye and there it is.

You might shock yourself and find out your religion worships only dragons and mazes.  And you might shock yourself even more and see how that could really work.

Give it a try, what is the worst that can happen?




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