Making up riddles can be fun. Challenge yourself and see if you can fool your family. Here are a few tips for making up riddles.
1. Start with the ending. Since the answer to a riddle is not obvious and takes a little mind bending, when you write your own riddle, start with the ending. What is the answer you want your reader to guess?
2. Brainstorm about the answer. Think about your answer in these ways:
A. Are there any double meanings to the word?
B. Are there surface facts about the word itself of which you would like people to become
aware, i.e. the number of letters, words within words, etc.?
C. What are the different qualities that describe the answer? If the answer is a thing, are
there any qualities that this thing shares with humans -- for example, the tongue
of a shoe or the arms of a clock?
Although not all riddles rhyme, it’s fun to see if you can make yours rhyme. But no pressure! As I've said before, not all riddles rhyme!
3. Read your riddle aloud to yourself. Make sure your riddle makes sense and that the answer makes sense.
4. Test your riddle by reading it aloud to someone else. Make adjustments if you need to. Is your riddle too easy? Is it so hard that no one else but you could ever figure it out? (This may be tricky to judge. If your listener laughs and thinks, “Oh yeah! I should have thought of that!” then your riddle has been successful.)