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Online Games for Writers


Writers are expert procrastinators. These online games are excellent procrastination tools, but will also put your language skills to work.

  • Free Rice Vocabulary test
    With every correct answer, 20 grains of rice is donated to the United Nations World Food Program. Also, with every correct answer, the words get harder. WARNING: Not only is this a fun way to build your vocabulary, it's ADDICTIVE and may suck away your writing time.

  • Grammar Gorilla
    The Grammar Gorillas need help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the sentence, the gorillas get a banana. And you know, a gorilla with a banana is a gorilla with appeal.

  • HANGMAN
    This is fun and addictive.

  • Etymologic
    Its creators claim that it is the toughest game on the web. Etymologic is a game for experts in the root meanings of words, or anyone who wants to become an expert. Each game consists of ten randomly selected words, each presented with three or four choices of etymology.

  • Text Twist
    A variation on the classic Boggle, Text Twist requires you to make as many words as possible from a set of letters, while a timer counts down. You get points for each word you make, and if you use all the letters in one word, you graduate to the next level. The word twist in the title refers to a function where the player can switch around the letters on the board in order to see another order of the letters. Text Twist is available on several sites to download or to play online.

  • Literature Quizzes
    Choose a well-known author from the 20th or 21st century and there's likely a quiz here about them. What was Lolita's real name? Who are the main characters in Ian McEwan's Atonement? Each multiple choice quiz is rated by difficulty, from easy to tough, and can be played in Flash or HTML. Double-click on the correct answer to select. If contemporary literature isn't your thing, the site has thousands of quizzes on other topics to choose from.

  • Magnetic Poetry
    This is more like a writing tool that a game, but it's so much fun you might not notice. The site allows you to select a magnetic poetry set based on the writings of well known authors such as Anais Nin or William S. Burroughs. Once you've chosen your writer, the words appear on your screen as moveable magnets and you can rearrange them with your mouse, creating poems, prose or lists as you like. You can add your own words too if you find the sets lacking.

  • Writer's Block
    Beat the block in this uniquely challenging word game. Search the letters on the block for hidden words. How many can you find? Rotate the block pieces and you'll discover more!

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