4 Tips For Beginners

One thing I have noticed about my style of play is that I fall into the typical traps that most of us have. I focus on playing a decent word. I’m more wrapped up in trying to play a solid word, as opposed to playing the best word with what is presented in front of me. Words With Friends does have a chess element to the game, in that you have to not only play the best word with your 7 tiles, you need to be smart about WHERE you play it on the board.

Here are 4 tips that might seem basic, but are really helpful when gaining confidence and momentum with Words With Friends

1 – Don’t be a 2-letter word poacher. Learn how to use the 2 word combo effectively. Everyone I’ve talked to about Words With Friends has said repeatedly, “master the two-letter words” (which was right up there with “learn how to play a ‘q’ without a ‘u’). So, most of us have been through this routine. Get a list of 20-30 two-letter words and engrain them in your mind so you can play them during your games. Don’t focus on the two-letter word, so much as WHERE you play that two-letter word. It’s perfectly acceptable to play the two-letter words. Focus on creating several short words going at the same time. Eventually, you can build on multiple rows of two-letter words to create longer words.

2 – If you’re going to swap tiles, be smart about it. You might be able to put into play a few of your extra E’s or I’s next to some higher scoring letters and end up scoring enough points to make it worth your while to keep those tiles. If the words you are piecing together with your “garbage” tiles are only going to net you 5 or 6 points, you’re really not going to miss much by skipping a turn or swapping a few out for (hopefully) better results. This especially holds true, if your opponent seems to be playing 25 pointers or higher. Count up your score for that word before you tap play. You probably think you have a fantastic value for this great word you want to play. Don’t be disappointed to get a 16, when you thought for sure it would be a 60. Count the placements before you finalize your turn.

3 – THERE IS NO SHAME IN ADDING AN ‘S’ or ‘ED’ or ‘ING’ to an already existing word. Try to stick to adding to the words that you have played, but if that’s not an option, play what you have to play. Also, be sure to keep a watchful eye out for opportunities like adding an ‘af’ to ‘fluent’ (ie. affluent). Witty add-ons to a prefix or suffix of a root word can get you serious points, if played smart.

4 – Don’t sit around waiting for other letters to show up in your hand, that you hope will play off a few letters you already have. Trying to play words based on your 7 max tiles is hopeless and will end in regret. Play every round based on what you have to work with. It’s better to make some lemonade, as opposed to no lemonade at all.

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