Writing Can Be Murder

September 3, 2010

It pays to plan ahead

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 9:11 am

Board games were big in my house when I was a kid. One of those was Word Nerd which had the tagline which said something like, “the game where it pays to plan ahead”.

I was not particularly adept at Word Nerd but it did teach me a valuable lesson. It does pay to plan ahead.

Right now I’m methodically working through the opening of my next manuscript knowing how every scene is going to affect events that occur later in the book. Talk about planning ahead!

Speaking of planning ahead…BIG CHANGES next week. There’s something to look forward to!

Send me tripping down memory lane — tell me some of your favorite games!

(Oh, and for the record, while I wasn’t the best at Word Nerd, I was a deadly Boggle player.)



  1. OMG, I would have loved Word Nerd growing up, but I’ve never heard of it. I loved Pictionary, Scrabble (still do), Clue (OF COURSE!!), Yahtzee, Hungry-Hungry Hippos, Operation, and, yup, Boggle too (except the noise those damn little letter cubes made – drove me crazy). That’s awesome about your manuscript! To be able to see that far ahead is amazing.

    Comment by Joann — September 3, 2010 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

  2. Backgammon and Connect Four. Poker and Monopoly too. Oh–and Life! I’d forgotten that game.

    A couple months ago I played a game of Scrabble at a bar with a friend. I decided that next time I play Scrabble it’ll be speed Scrabble, where you have only one minute to throw down a word. Patience, thy name is NOT Kate.

    Comment by Kate Perry — September 3, 2010 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t remember Word Nerd, but I used to love Up Words. It was easier than playing Scrabble, because the letters stacked, and you could get full points by just changing one letter on someone else’s word (like “word” to “worm”, by placing an ‘m’ over the ‘d’). Though I am pretty good at Scrabble! What I really, really suck at is chess. I have no gift for strategy.

    Comment by Jenny — September 3, 2010 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  4. Joann — Have you tried Bananagrams? It’s a newer word game. So much fun!

    Kate — Speed Scrabble! I’d definitely play that. Bananagrams is quite frenetic…might be more your speed.

    Jenny — I suck at any sort of visualization so chess is not fun for me either.

    Comment by love2wryte — September 5, 2010 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

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