I keep a spreadsheet of short stories I’ve read. I make a note of titles, authors, where I found the story and a short comment about the story, to make these posts easier.
My notes, on reading this story, simply say: “Wow”.
A List of Forty-Nine Lies is a pretty intriguing title, and the story delivers immediately.
My name is not Levi. I am not afraid. The machines that hover in swarms over the streets cannot read the thoughts inside my head.
I am not running from them. I have nothing to hide.
Continue reading “[Reading Room] A List of Forty Seven Lies by Steven Fischer”
This mini episode contains a writing prompt that challenges you to write a story in the form of a list.
Here’s a link to more information about Jennifer Egan’s story, “To Do List”: http://stada.me/egan
Another new episode of Write Every Day, Not “Some Day”
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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