How Word Games Have Helped My Writing
Benefits of playing Wordscapes
by Joanne Troppello
According to a study as reported in Medical News Today, “Brain-training games improve the ‘executive functions, working memory, and processing speed’ of young people, while others hail the benefits of such games for preserving cognitive health in seniors.”
I love brain games because they give me a chance to step back from the writing process and think about something other than writing and editing.
Bobby Stojanksi is a research scientist from the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University. In an article he published in the Neuropsychologia Journal he stated, “From a consumer perspective if you hear a company or an advertisement saying, ‘do brain training for half and hour and you’ll get a higher IQ’—that’s very, very appealing. Unfortunately, there’s just no evidence to support that claim.”
I accept that I’m not going to improve my IQ by playing brain games. I never thought that playing brain game apps like Brainteasers, Brain Train Challenge, Elevate, or Luminosity would increase my IQ. However, I like playing brain games to challenge me and help me improve my writing. Consider some of the following ways that game apps like Wordscapes and Scrabble have helped improve my writing.
In my recent article published in Illumination, Step Away from Your Laptop – Pick up pen and paper and think, I wrote about how you may need a break from your writing at times—and that’s ok.
Taking that step back is a good way to regroup from the pressure of trying to write the next best article and look at your writing in a new way.
I love playing brain games—especially word games—because they are a way for me to distract myself from writing pressure and refocus my brain. After playing several rounds of my favorite brain game, Wordscapes, I generally come back to my laptop refreshed and ready to edit my current article, and then to start my next one.
I strive to learn something new each day, whether it’s learning a new type of poem to write or educating myself on current events. Taking a break during my freelance writing schedule has been a great opportunity to entertain myself while improving brain function and enhancing my vocabulary in the process.
That’s one of the reasons why I love to read—to enhance my writing, and I feel like playing word games have helped me as well in augmenting my freelance process. They can help me focus and improve my brain reaction time so when I go back to writing, I’m sharper and more in tune with the content.
3. Team Building
Currently, I’m playing Wordscapes with my family and friends on an online team. We’ve been able to stay connected while playing this during the Coronavirus pandemic and afterward.
Writing is not generally a team sport, unless you’re part of a writing team working on a project together. So, as a writer, I don’t usually have to work on writing projects with others.
Playing on the Wordscapes team, has given me the opportunity for team building. Sure, we compete against each other on the team. However, we also work together and compete as a team in tournaments against other teams.
“Playing is our brain’s favourite way of learning.” — Diane Ackerman
If you haven’t yet started playing brain games or word games, I highly recommend that you start. They could be just the right distraction, learning, and team building experience that you need to enhance your writing process.
Previously published on Medium.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.