There are many ways to play The Write Words. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions:

Group Rules – Competitive Play

  1. Shuffle the deck.
  2. Place the deck face down in the center of the play area.
  3. Each player draws a number of cards equal to the number of players.
  4. The first player rolls a six sided die.
  5. The active player lays down a card that matches the number of the die roll (1=Character, 2=Action, 3=Object, 4=Setting, 5=Event, 6=Wild Card), draw a card, and then pass the die to the next player. If they do not have a card that matches their die roll, they draw a card from the pile and pass to the next player.
  6.  Play stops when there are at least 10 cards on the table and at least one character, action, and setting.
  7. Without adding nouns, verbs, adverbs, or adjectives to the words available, each player must write a sentence using as many of the cards as they can. They get 1 point for each card used. Words may be reused in the formation of the sentence, verb tenses may be changed, and nouns can be made plural.
  8. The player with the highest score wins the round.

Group Rules – Cooperative Play

  1. Shuffle the deck.
  2. Place the deck face down in the center of the play area.
  3. Each player draws a number of cards equal to the number of players.
  4. Each player takes a turn laying down two of their cards on the table.
  5. When each person has gone, the group must work together to form the best possible story from the combination of words available.

Solo Rules – Short Play

  1. Shuffle the deck.
  2. Place the deck face down in front of you.
  3. Roll the die. Draw cards until you find one that matches the die roll.
  4. Continue until you have all five card types on the table.
  5. Without adding nouns, verbs, adverbs, or adjectives, write a sentence using as many of the cards as you can. You may repeat words, you may change verb tenses, and you may pluralize a noun.

Solo Rules – Extended Play

  1. Shuffle the deck.
  2. Place the deck down in front of you.
  3. Draw cards and place them on the table in front of you until you have at least a character, action, setting, object, and event.
  4. Create a story sentence and write it down. This is the opening line of your story.
  5. Put the cards back in the deck and shuffle again.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5, building on your story until you can connect two or more of the story lines together. This is your story outline

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