Sandbox Challenge #14: Get Creative with Lists

When you’re having trouble keeping your writing flowing, lists can help you get unstuck. Lists can also be a good starting point for a new piece.

Here’s today’s challenge:

Use a list to define a character, write a scene, describe a situation, whatever you can think of—get creative!

Here are some examples to jumpstart your muse:

Lists that help define a character:

  • things he/she keeps in a purse, wallet, pocket, drawer, desktop, kitchen cabinet, refrigerator…
  • collections of CDs, movies, books, toys…
  • jobs the character has held, has been fired from, has tried unsuccessfully to be hired for…

Lists that help define the relationships of two or more characters:

  • items in a room or other space they both/all inhabit, such as coworkers’ shared office space, a couple’s bedroom, roommates’ kitchen…
  • issues the characters have fought about
  • significant moments the characters have shared
  • emotions the characters feel when they look at each other

Lists that create a scene:

  • items the characters can see
  • events that took place in the location
  • moods the location evokes at different times of day/night/year

These are just a few ideas—use them or come up with your own. As always, I’d love to see any list you feel like sharing in the comments section!

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