OK this might sound totally insane, but I'm about to drop $15 for a game on steam that will help inspire me to write more, and I think it's a pretty legit decision. Hear me out here.
Here's the premise, via the game's successful kickstarter that ran back in 2014:
"Explore dead civilizations, write about what you find, and share your stories with the universe: a game about writing fiction."
What's not legit about that?! Now, this isn't a game in the traditional sense at all. It's like a really beautiful version of Mad Libs. I think it's a really interesting concept, and could be used especially well in schools for elementary and middle school aged learners who would LOVE the chance to write something different, or to write their own video game.
You can also share your stories with friends or print out your finished work through sites like Blurb and Lulu....sure, not the most "fun" game, but I think it can be pretty inspiring as a warm up to writing every day!!
Here's Nate (youtube game reviewer i love!!!!) playing the game. He doesn't have the best story (sorry Nate, lol) but it gives you an idea of what you might be able to check out. Enjoy it!
Oh, and I should probably mention this: the game contains three post-apocalyptic worlds based on the works of a trio of Romantic poems: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Darkness byLord Byron, and When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be by John Keats. How cool?!