Hey, Writers! You Don't Have to Get Up on Stage for Improv to Boost Your Creativity

Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your creativity and writing? You may be surprised to find out how much techniques from improv can help!

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #747
The Quick And Dirty

You may think of improv as something for actors or something people do on stage, but exercises and concepts that come from improv (like "yes, and" and commitment) can also help writers.

In this interview, I talked with Jorjeana Marie, actor, narrator, stand-up comedian, and the author of "Improv for Writers."

We talked about:

  • What is improv?
  • How can improv help writers? (And no, you don't actually have to get up on stage.)
  • What is the "yes, and" concept?
  • What is the role of commitment in improv and writing?
  • How can meditation help your writing?

And then we played some short games from her book so you can get an idea of how it works.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the Grammar Girl podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.