SADM 2018 – Day 15: The List

Julie says: “Welcome to Week 3! You’re still here! I’m very impressed…

This week we’ll be looking at some of the fun ways short stories can be written that are nothing like mini-novels.

The Prompt

Write A Story In The Form Of A List

Ideas for your list story:

  • Shopping List
  • 10 Things I Hate/Love About You
  • To Do List
  • List of books the character has/wants to read, with commentary (also movies)
  • A list of deceased childhood pets
  • A list of your character’s fears

Suggested reading

In the video I credited this story to Lydia Davis, but of course it is Jennifer Egan: To Do.

You can also look at McSweeney’s list articles, which are a little more snarky commentary than character stories.

This is a great refresher after a week of deep narrative work.”


This year I won’t be publishing the stories here as I want to send them off somewhere and blogging online counts as published which most outlets won’t accept but will let you know each day how I got on the previous day… so you know I’m doing the challenge with me. Do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.

And me? Same as before. Nothing past day one… yet.

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