Welcome to Play with your Writing

Welcome to my new blog, dedicated to getting writers to play with their words, and write with joy. 


A little bit of history

Back in 2008 I saw Lynn Viehl held her workshop series again: Left Behind and Loving It. I felt a sudden urge to participate, and held the workshop on one of my favorite writing related subjects: fear and how it keeps us from our writing. 

Later that year I ran an expanded (7 days in stead of 3) version of the workshop at the muse online writer’s conference, and found an aspect of writing that changed everything for me. I discovered Play. 

Last year I ran the workshop again, and by then it had the title of this website.


Why is play so important?

Play stimulates our creativity, it makes us better thinkers, and play makes us less focused on results. When you play your only focus on enjoying yourself, and that zeal will shine through in your writing, as you will no doubt see for me too. 

An example of how play has influenced my writing: this past NaNoWriMo I have played with my writing in various ways. I freewrote lots of short stories that I will start submitting this month, I plotted some silly tales, and when I got stuck writing I just played a game, or giggled with a friend :)  

The result is that this NaNo rebel finished her 50K monthly goal and still had a big smile on her face when it was done, even though it WAS a struggle at times. 


What you can expect

This will be a weekly blog, each week has a post according to a Play related theme. 

I haven’t planned the themes yet, I am playful after all and will go with my inner two year old’s advice whenever I post. You never know what you will come up with when you do that :)

What I can guarantee is lots of completely non-dry info (dryness and dullness kill play!), inspiration and most of all a lot of playful exercises that you can do to reinvigorate your writing. 


What you won’t see

I’m not going to focus much on writer’s block. There are many sites and books focused on it. The reason for that is that I don’t focus on fear. If you focus on fear, you make it bigger. 

I will focus on play, and helping you play with your writing. 


See you next week! 




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This entry was posted by Sylvia on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 20:00 and is filed under Play . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


  1. LauraHinds says:

    Hi Sylvia!I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading your weekly blog posts! I found you via Carolyn Howard-Johnson on FB.

  2. Sylvia van Bruggen says:

    Thank you so much for your comment, Laura, the first on this blog too :) Look forward to connecting more, and seeing you play with your writing :) Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Sylvia

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