How Scrabble Can Improve Your Skills as an Internet Writer
Scrabble is one of the most popular games all over the world. Now that Scrabble is available as an app for iPhones and iPads, Scrabble is making a comeback. You don’t need to be tied to a game board and rack of tiles anymore–the Scrabble app goes wherever your iPhone or iPad goes.
Word people tend to be Scrabble fans, even though Scrabble is as much a game about mathematics as it is about expanding your knowledge of words. Believe it or not, you can use Scrabble to improve your online writing skills. Here’s how.
1. Scrabble Trains Your Brain
Sitting down to play a game of Scrabble is like taking your brain to the gym. In a game of Scrabble, you have to form the highest-scoring words you can from your collection of just seven letters plus the words already played by your opponents. Thinking this way is the perfect training for online writing–a field in which you have to be creative as well as meet very specific guidelines. Scrabble’s the same way. You have just a few letters and words to work with to outscore your competition. Train your brain to think outside the box by improving your Scrabble skills.
2. Scrabble Can Inspire You
Sometimes a simple distraction can jar your brain just right and inspire you to finish a difficult writing assignment. I find a quick game of Scrabble on my iPhone gets my brain out of a creative rut quicker than any other distraction. Forcing yourself to put together words is like hitting the reset button on your creativity and occasionally you may come up with a word in a game of Scrabble that turns out to be just the word you needed for your writing assignment.
3. Scrabble Builds Your Vocabulary
If you pick up a regular Scrabble habit, you’ll expose yourself to new words all the time. A larger vocabulary gives you more choices when it comes to phrasing and explaining your positions. We online writers tend to say things the same way over and over again, and building your vocabulary breaks the cycle of repetition.
Admittedly, most high-scoring Scrabble words aren’t going to make their way into your everyday assignments, but playing Scrabble is the best kind of word game for training the online writer that hides in every one of us.