I’ve been holding on to this one for a while! Writer’s Digest featured a post about creating your own bucket list for your writing. There are five things every writer should include on this bucket list, according to the author:
- Do something bizarre just to write about it.
- Self-publish Something.
- Find a mentor.
- Edit your favorite novel.
- Live poor for a few months (or years).
Of course, I couldn’t resist starting my own personal bucket list. Some of these do overlap with/are similar to the full list, so make sure to check out A Writer’s Bucket List for more ideas!
- Submit something for publication. Yes, this is my top bucket list item because I’ve never submitted anything. Ever. I’ve never submitted to a lit mag, contest, or online publication. I told people I had before because I pretended I was upset about not getting published instead of getting rejected from an MFA program to which I secretly applied. This summer I will definitely get on that.
- Read something aloud somewhere. I did a brief reading at an ASU writing event, but I didn’t love the piece I chose and I would like to repeat the experience with a more recent sample.
- Do some public speaking. Nothing helps you prepare for writing for a specific audience like actually writing for an audience. I used to do more public speaking when I was younger, and I would like to get back into it.
- Connect with local writers/authors. This gives you a network for commiserating and collaborating, helping you get feedback and grow as a writer. Networking: I suck at it, but I’m trying.
- Perfect your pitch. This one is pretty straightforward: pitch your manuscript to everyone. It will build confidence and generate questions/interest in your work.
What would be on your bucket list? Why?