11 word games writers love

From Scrabble and Balderdash to Words with Friends and the Times’ crossword puzzle, these games sharpen your skills and relax you at the same time.

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According to Daphne Gray-Grant, “Words are the building blocks of writing, and while we need to do serious work with them—like write brochures, produce Web copy and churn out reports—we can also learn from playing a few games with them. You know, take play seriously—like kids do.”

What do you think? Could engaging in regular word games help you in the daily work of writing Web copy for a Wheaton dentist or sharpen your mind when creating SEO articles about dry topics like anemometer fume hood testing? Could a few rounds of online Boggle fuel creativity? Is there serious value to be found in play?

In either case, whether you play games for pure pleasure or intentionally to stay sharp, you can’t deny it: they’re fun. Here are some of my favorite word games, designed to sharpen your writing skills and help you relax.

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