A lists can be a whole story in itself, but lists can also provide a framework for a series of stories. Today, give some thought to list-making. It might help you later in the challenge when your idea engine is running on fumes. Pick your favorite idea today, and save the rest for later in the month
Use a list to generate a story idea or twelve.
- Use established cultural lists, or your own.
- Use an imagined list (“the lists my mother gave me when I left home”, or “Mr Renquist’s Classroom Rules”) to tell a character’s story.
- Pick your favorite of the 7 Deadly Sins, 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, 9 Circles of Hell, 5 Pillars of Islam, 12 Labors of Hercules, 3 Rules of Robotics, 3 Laws of Motion, 6 Principles of the Scientific Method…
- Write one story or think about how you might use each item in the list to generate a story. The series might feature different characters, the same protagonist, or might take a supporting character from the previous story and make him/her the protagonist of the next.
- Make notes on this today, to help you later in the month.
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3 thoughts on “May 9 – Lists”
Still finding opportunities to use the prompts in a story that’s brewing…! 😀
https://storiesin5minutes.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/sharas-list-storyaday-post/ (based on a series that I’m writing)
I enjoyed this and spent quite bit of time pondering whether there might be a whole contemporary series based on the 10 Commandments (still on the back burner, for the future).
In the end, I was ‘triggered’ by my wife’s shopping list and a fictional item on that was the reason for the whole piece. It was quite short and a lot of fun!