Miss 12 tackled Adobe Photoshop and InDesign the other day to create a Japanese postcard for a school project. I've taken some graphic design courses, and I still struggle (and sometimes swear) when I use these programs. Kids have a great system for learning new things - it's called play.
Play seems to come natural to the young of species. Puppies tackle each other and tug on ears to learn how to fight one day. Kittens pounce on balls of string to learn how to catch food. Kids play by pressing buttons (especially if it's shiny red and says DON'T TOUCH).
Kids play to learn, we need to learn to play.
When kids read, they want to play in the story. If we want to create that environment for them, then we need to play too.
There are so many fun ways we can play with our writing. Yesterday I finished editing Chapter One of Dog Show Detective. Completely finished. This is the second draft and it's the final draft. That's because the editing course I took How To Revise Your Novel, taught me how to plan the edit thoroughly so you only do it once. I was so excited, it was time to play!
From Scrivener, I saved the chapter as a text file and transferred it to my Kindle. I wanted my family to read the first copy as if it were an actual downloaded book. It was so cool to see my book and my name in the menu amongst all the other books! I even listened to my book by using the voice narration on Kindle (by now I was jumping up and down like a kid high on jellybeans).
Then I visited Wordle. Here is Chapter One - The Find from Dog Show Detective in art form!
What fun apps or games have you come across for writing or inspiring? Wanna play?