I have a bucket list for my kids this summer.
Among other things, we’re going to make homemade ice cream, go to Vacation Bible School, go to the library regularly and swim in Grammy’s pool at every opportunity.
My bucket list for my life includes spending a month in England, reading 100 books a year, owning waterfront property, and having grandchildren. I’d also like to have a book for sale at Costco, be featured on NPR, and speak at a writer’s conference. I know for a fact those things aren’ t going to happen this year — but they could in ten years.
So I was thinking — what would a bucket list for writers look like?
What do we read? What do we write? How do we push ourselves? What new things should we try?
Bucket list items should be measurable. If you’re going to travel the world this summer, does that mean only transatlantic flights or transpacific? Measurable goals can keep us focused.
Bucket list items may need planning. I’ve never traveled the world, but imagine a little planning would be wise. Even your less ridiculous items need planning at times. Before you find yourself already at July 4, look at your summer and take a minute. How can you plan your activities so you can cross something off?
Bucket list items should be realistic. It’s all fun to have fantasies, but in the limitations that you have for June, July, August be sensible about what can be accomplished and what needs to be put off until another time.
Here are a few suggestions for your summer bucket list.
- Set up a blog
- Blog on a regular basis
- Post blogs on Twitter and Pinterest
- Research free review sites
- Buy business cards
- Contact local library and give copies of books away
- Write a specific number of words a day
- Complete that story that’s been sitting around
- Outline the next project
- Spend ten minutes on a prompt
- People watch regularly
- Journal regularly
- Create a Goodreads List to mark books that are read
- Make a plan to go to the local library weekly
- Read craft books to help you become a better writer
- Read stories on Wattpad to support other writers.
- Collect writers blogs from which to learn
- Offer to Beta read someone’s manuscript
- Join an online group for writers. This one is my favorite.
- Join a local writers group.
- Join Scribofile to meet other writers and comment on others’ work.
The reality? Bucket Lists are just a cute way to say, “MY GOALS.”
Goals, in order to be a reality, have to be married to hard work and determination. So before summer gets going, spend a little time thinking about your bucket list.
And if you tell me what you put on it, I’ll share some of my ice cream!
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Katharine Grubb is a homeschooling mother of five, a novelist, a baker of bread, a comedian wannabe, a former running coward and the author of Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day. Besides pursuing her own fiction and nonfiction writing dreams, she also leads 10 Minute Novelists on Facebook, an international group for time-crunched writers that focuses on tips, encouragement, and community.