In Tuesday’s Post I talked about the movie: Ten Things I hate about You and how it relates to Evie and Gideon, the main characters in my YA Fantasy, Heir of Thunder. In that same post, I had Evie write her own poem, listing ten things she hates about Gideon.
Lists are fun. They’re useful. They help keep us organized, help us remember things we might otherwise forget. They help us prioritize. Plenty of great stories have been based on lists:
- My Name is Earl: After Earl wins the lottery, he makes a list of all the people he’s hurt in the past and then spends his winnings trying to right those wrongs.
- The Bucket List: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.
- A Partial List of Lists I have Lost over Time is a great flash piece by Sunil Patel in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine (March 2016). Entirely via lists, the narrator tells a story about fighting his duplicate from another dimension.
- 57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides is a dark short story by Sam J Miller that appears in Nightmare Magazine (http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/57-reasons-for-the-slate-quarry-suicides/) also told entirely as a list.
These are just a few examples to help you get started thinking about lists as a vehicle for writing a story. Whether the story is about lists or is told in a list format, go out and write your own list inspired story. And then, maybe, you’ll list it or put a link to it in the comments.