When creating a word search puzzle, keep the size of the puzzle small. A smaller puzzle allows players to finish more quickly and find words more regularly, keeping them interested.
The grid for a word search puzzle should contain two to three more letters than the longest word on the list. Most puzzle creators do not include one- or two-letter words, punctuation, or duplicate content. Another tip when creating a word search puzzle is to avoid adding words that contain words within a contained word, such as "luggage" and "age." In some cases, word search design software uses the "age" in "luggage" for the word "age."