Making Lists is Fun.
Um... before anyone accuses me of being some sort of train spotter, I should probably point out that I mean that it's quite fun to do those parts of writing that involve making up groups of things without them particularly impacting upon the story, rather than that I derive any particular pleasure from compiling my shopping lists. Accordingly, and because I thought I'd like to spread the fun a little, I thought I'd make a list of lists the writers among you might like to try for yourselves. Or not, or a list of your own devising. In fact, that can be point one, can't it...
- A list of odd lists someone might make. Either as a starting point for then writing those lists, or simply because some odd character might have a thing for writing lists. Though what sort of person might want to do that?
- A series of shops, market stalls, or other places for acquiring things. Well, it is where this whole rambling thought started, after all.
- A list of inherently unlikely jobs, along with some suitably unlikely candidates for them.
- A list of the contents of someone's pockets. (The particular someone I had in mind for this habitually wears one of those coats that has more pockets than material. Rather like one of my coats, come to think of it)
- A list of all the people that a double glazing (or encyclopedia, or unicycle) salesperson has attempted to sell things to so far today.
- A list of things that the official "greatest thief in the universe ever" has stolen. Fire and the crown jewels have been done, but don't let that stop you.
- A list of places that a pair of rather elderly friends have travelled, having decided that they want some excitement, along with things they might have done there.
- A list of places someone might look for someone else, whether lost, avoiding them, or simply not met yet.
- A list of slightly odd things the fortune teller might really have seen in the cards/crystal ball/tea leaves.
- A list of stories that a particular character might tell, which has the amusing twist of forcing you to try and boil a story down to just a few words.