The Writing of Lists and Other Tales….

Hands up who writes lists??? Don’t all jump up at once!

I love a list. It makes me feel organised, amidst a life of chaos. It can literally be a list about anything. I write lists about big things, such as moving house, or small insignificant things, such as what to buy for tea. I take my hat off to the people who invented the magnetic ‘ to do’ list which, is attached to my fridge – genius! There is no greater sense of self worth than placing the proverbial tick against a completed task. It sings of order and control. I love being in control, maybe that’s it! Judging by the amount of lists that are out there ( top 10 books, top 10 songs, top 10 movies, top 10 restaurants – you get the picture), I am not alone.

If you too are a lover of lists, you are in very good company. Read on…

  1. Galileo wrote a shopping list outlining the equipment he needed for his amazing telescope amidst everyday groceries- I kid you not!
  2. According to Italian novelist Umberto Eco, in an interview for Der Spiegel we like lists because we don’t want to die. Now that makes sense to me.
  3. Martin Luther King prepared a historic list of ‘integrated bus suggestions’ after the supreme court ruled that segregation was unconstitutional! Powerful stuff!


Did you see what I did there? I managed to sneak in my own sneaky list! If you can not get enough listage (yep made that word up!), may I be as bold to direct you to 2 amazing places:

Listverse – a cornucopia of delights for list lovers.

Lists of Note – a truly wonderful book by Shaun Usher which contains a fascinating look at famous lists from across the centuries. A captivating read for all you lovers of lists.

Time for me to go and write a few lists of my own…. a  how to write more each day list would be very helpful right now!

Tell me, what are your favourite type of lists and why?