Bucket List–Writer Style


You may remember the movie The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman from a few years ago. While it wasn’t my favorite movie, it did spark a trend: creating a list of things to do before you die. Having such a list is supposed to make you more aware of what really matters in life. Any item on the list can be as big or small as you like. It just needs to be something that you’ve always wanted to do and haven’t done yet.

I already know that writing is of paramount importance to me, so I thought: why not make a bucket list specifically for my writing goals? Without further adieu, here it is!

My Writing Bucket List

  • Become a published author (completed March 2014- Check it out here).
  • Write and publish my first novel (coming December 2014, yay!).
  • Write and publish a novel that sparks social reform and inspires conscious awareness.
  • Write and publish a novel based on the relationship between sisters and dedicate it to my sisters.
  • Write and publish a solo book of poetry and short stories.
  • Write and produce a stage play (kinda did this one already, but I was 13. I’d like to give it a shot as an adult).
  • Become an Amazon top 100 seller in my genre.
  • Either publish an article or be featured in Essence magazine.
  • Visit New York city, specifically Harlem (I consider New york the mecca of modern-day publishing, and Harlem because I’m nostalgic about theย Harlem Renaissance, so that’s why it’s on my writing bucket list).
  • Attend a writer’s conference.
  • Attend a blogging conference.
  • Co-write a book with another author.
  • Mentor/Teach/Assist new authors once I’m an established author myself.
  • Plan and go on a nation wide book tour.
  • Attend a writer’s conference/event overseas.

There it is folks! I’m sure it will evolve. ย I’ll add more items to the list as I grow and learn more as a writer. I hope you choose to make your own Writer’s Bucket List. If you do, share it in the comments below. If you have a blog, feel free to leave a link to your bucket list post below as well.

Happy Writing Y’all!


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15 thoughts on “Bucket List–Writer Style

  1. Faith, I don’t have a “Bucket List, ” but you have just inspired me to make one. Great one, you have by the way. Positively wonderful idea. Goals set and accomplished. Terrific. Thank you!


  2. I think I need a bucket list, something specific to focus on. Then I will feel good when I check something off. Without a list I forget to feel good about accomplished stuff ;)!


    • I have a feel good thing going on when I check something off a list too, Luanne. I think it has something to do with getting happy faces and checks on my charts in school as a kid. Since you study and write memoirs, have you ever made a connection between childhood memories and feelings of accomplishment?


  3. This is a great list (although, I imagine that it will probably grow longer as you check things off). One of the things I’d love to do is have my own writers retreat. I’d also love to go to film school and have my own movie production company some day. And I am definitely with you on the overseas writers conference!


  4. What a great idea Faith! I have a personal bucket list but never thought about one for my writing career. I’m going to give it some thought and circle back around to share it with you. Thanks for the reminder that it’s important to dream and remember and pursue.


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