I was writing about bucket lists on my personal blog today and I started thinking specifically about the writer’s bucket list. I definitely have goals as a writer but I hadn’t really compiled them all in one place before so I thought I’d look at some other bucket lists by writers and see what I’ve accomplished and what I may want to add to my own life list.
Writing Bucket List Ideas
Daring to Live Fully has compiled 500+ bucket list ideas and includes a section for writers as well as some career goals that would be appropriate for writers. On that list are:
- Become a freelance writer
- Get an article published in the New Yorker.
- Get an article published in The Huffington Post.
- Write and publish a novel.
- Write a #1 NY Times Bestseller.
- Write an eBook.
- Win NaNaWriMo.
- Write a children’s book
- Write a cookbook.
- Write a play.
- Write a travel book.
- Write a textbook.
- Publish a book of poetry.
- Write for a TV sitcom.
- Write a comic book.
- Crack the Top 100 on Amazon Kindle.
- Earn enough from your writing to be able to quit your day job.
- Be recognized as an authority in your field (become world-renowned and then be the best in your field follow that)
- Leave a valuable contribution in your area of expertise.
- Start your own business.
My Take on The Above List
I’ve accomplished a few on that list including becoming a freelance writer (as my full-time job), writing an ebook, starting a business, becoming recognized as an authority in my field and leave a valuable contribution in my area of expertise.
From that list, there are some that I’m not at all interested in including writing a children’s book, cook book, comic book, textboook or TV sitcom. I also don’t even believe in a “best” in the field. I’m not aiming to win NaNaWriMo or get published in Huffington or New Yorker or even necessarily to write a NY Times Bestseller or Amazon Kindle Top 100 (not that I’d complain if I did any of those).
So what’s left is that I would like to write and publish a novel, publish a book of poetry, write a play and maybe write a travel book.
A Top 100 List
I also saw a great writer’s list over at Mark O’Brien Writes of 100 ideas for writers.
From his list there are lots I’ve done:
- Write poetry
- Write a song
- Write about something I know nothing about
- Set up a nice mold for myself and then break it
- Dedicate one book to each member of my family
- Represent those that have little to no voice with my own / write for an underrepresented group
- Truly touch someone with my words
- Inspire someone to write
- Telleveryone I know that I’m a writer
- Write non-fiction
- Write and edit a book over one year
- Write a short story
- Put a new twist on a trend
- Research for years on a subject
- Get fan mail
- Get hate mail
- Move somewhere inspiring
- Meet my online writer friends
- Be interviewed
- Get a professional author photo
- Get a book cover I love
- Write a bio for the back of my books
- Cry over a manuscript
- Have a professional author website
- Write non-stop for a weekend
- Fall in love with my work
From his list, I was super inspired by a few ideas, like the idea to write two memoirs – one at age 40 and one at age 80 and to never forget either your audience or yourself.
Adding on from Other Lists
I checked out a bunch of other writer bucket lists as well and here are some I’d take away from those:
- Work harder to achieve balance between life and work (via Molly Greene’s list)
- Write in a cafe in Paris (Via the list at A Few Strong Words)
- Create writing related art (Paraphrased, via Rebecca Dupree’s List)
And From My Own List
I have a lot of goals specifically related to my book Crochet Saved My Life but for a “bucket list” style list I want to go broader so here are some of the things I’m aiming to complete:
- Turn a book into a play and see it performed
- Record my own audio book of something I’ve written
- Collaborate with an artist on a book
- Do a virtual book reading / book launch party
- Go on a writing retreat
- Attend a writer’s conference
- Be a slam poet for a night
- Be published, reviewed or mentioned in at least 50 print magazines
- Be published, reviewed or mentioned on at least 1000 websites
- Set and and achieve at least one major writing goal each year
What’s on your writing bucket list?