2019 Day 16 -The List

How did you get on yesterday? Did you write a story?

Remember, set your own rules, and stick to them. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just keep moving forward!

The Prompt

write A Story In The Form Of A list

This is part of a week of prompts designed to get you to play with form.


  • 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…
  • Consider writing a series of stories from these ideas

Remember: short story readers like puzzles and gaps. Let them figure out why they are reading this list, as they go.


Check back every day for more prompts, and don’t forget to come back and leave a comment to celebrate your writing successes, every day!

13 thoughts on “2019 Day 16 -The List”

    1. OK – I am trying to wrap my head around that. For some reason I thought there was going to be a discovery at the end where the grandchildren of Arthur hit it big when it was realised the picture was a Monet. But then I was even questioning if it was a picture at times…. Well Done.

  1. My story today wasn’t my best. At least it is better than a blank page. I didn’t give it much attention because I worked on edits for yesterday’s story instead. I know the rules say to keep moving forward, but it haunted me all night long. Still I got another story on the page. I can’t believe I have made it 16 days!! Thank you, StoryADay!

    1. Hey, if you’re being haunted, we can make an exception 😉 And it didn’t slow you down!

      I’m so impressed with everyone who is still showing up and I know, having made it this far, you’ll still be here on Day 31!

  2. This was kind of fun, given the starting point. Now to figure out which of the inner circle deciphers the code…

  3. I drew on my childhood on a smallholding for inspiration for my list story.
    A smallholder asked a neighbour if they would look after his livestock whilst he took a short holiday to attend the wedding of his only granddaughter. When they agreed, he produced a list of daily routines.
    The twist came at the end with stark warnings of what they must not do at any cost. No explanation was given.
    Only 500 words but think I could work on this querky tale.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.