Lost in a Sea of Lists

I recently downloaded onto my Kindle Bryn Donovan’s book, “Master Lists for Writers”. Since then, I’ve been blissfully lost in her sea of lists!

51bHYN1SlyL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_From the description on Amazon.com:

In this book, you’ll find: • lists of phrases for describing facial expressions, body language, gestures, physical appearance, and emotions • 175 master plot ideas, including romance, high-stakes, family, and workplace stories • lists of words for writing action scenes and love scenes • inspiration for figuring out character traits and quirks, backstories, occupations, motivations, and goals • lists for describing settings and writing dialogue • lists of good character names for contemporary stories…plus medieval England, Regency England, Wild West, and WWII settings • and more!

Trust me. Once you begin reading her book you won’t be able to put it down. And I’ve found a few other lists for you to peruse.

• Shaun Usher’s “Lists of Note”  A collection of notable lists including: 20 Rules for Writing Detective Stories, Orwell’s Rules for Writers, Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Things to Worry About. Usher’s site isn’t updated as often as I’d like, but still, there is plenty of content to keep you interested. “Lists of Note” is also available as a book.

• Listverse is a huge database of lists on almost any topic you can image. Browse the lists and you will find plenty to write about. The site is updated daily.

Listverse_full-width_LeftLists are grouped into six categories:

BIZARRE
ENTERTAINMENT
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
LIFESTYLE
SCIENCE
SOCIETY

You can also search the site by topic.

A few lists from the past week:

10 Facts About The Talking Knots Of Ancient Peru
10 Fascinating Facts About The Human Skeleton
Top 10 Bizarre British Ceremonies

• Finally, before you drown in a sea of lists, sail on over to the Encyclopedia Britannica site and ponder their list of lists. Similar to Listverse, these are grouped by category:

Encyclopaedia-Britannica-1HISTORY
MUSIC
ANIMALS
GEOGRAPHY
LITERATURE & LANGUAGE
ARTS & CULTURE
HEALTH & MEDICINE
SCIENCE
SPORTS & RECREATION
FOOD
POP CULTURE
SOCIETY
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
TECHNOLOGY
EDITOR PICKS

And, like Listverse, the database is mammoth. Here are a few of the Editor’s Picks:

6 Fictional Languages You Can Really Learn
Top 10 Must-“Visit” Fictional Lands
9 Mysterious Disappearances of People Other Than Amelia Earhart

Lists, lists, lists. Essential additions to a writer’s toolbox. Use them to brainstorm story ideas, plots, character traits and more . . . the list is endless!

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