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Mondays are the day that my Sunday sloth gathers enough speed to collide with my always overflowing mound of to do items. Where once a sticky note or two could contain the things to which I need to attend, I now find myself making full checklists, complete with hand-drawn boxes to be marked when I complete a task. I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to let the chickens out of their coop. This is what has happened to me. With the sneaking suspicion that you too might have a bucket fulll of "dear god, I must get all of this done," we've borrowed a list themed writing prompt for you this week:
Write a story that is a list. A story that relies on the list as its form or operating metaphor can be dandy. A grocery list that includes a wife's complaints about her husband's slothful habits is one example. You might also write about collections that appear on your own or friends' shelves--books, DVDs, videos, CDs, records, trophies, glass figurines--some commentary on the nature of this is acceptable, but don't get carried away explaining the contents. Stick to the notion that this list is a list as much as you can--not a list that devolves into a traditional story. 600 words."
--Brian Kiteley, The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction (Writers Digest Books, 2005)