- Sit in a circle and improvise a story.
- Give a theme or a title as stimulus for the story, for example ‘You are not welcome here’.. Each person contributes a single word to the story, going around the circle.
- Begin to allow three words per person, then four and so forth.
- The group collectively builds a narrative within a restricted number of words.
Notes: This exercise explores constraints in how much power we have in directing the narrative of the story. The less words that you can use – the less power you have in directing where the narrative is going.
Your idea of how you think the story should go gets diverted by other people when it’s their turn to continue it.