The Writer’s Bucket List

A Bucket List for Writers
by Deborah Blake, Volunteer Coordinator at Creative Writing Institute

Benjamin Franklin is believed to have said, ‘If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.’

He may not have been talking about a bucket list, but he does seem to be encouraging writers to make the most of life and, in turn, get the most out of their writing.

A bucket list is a list of all the things you’d like to achieve. It may be something that you’ve always wanted to do but perhaps don’t have the confidence. If it’s on your list, you can work toward each goal, instead of saying, ‘Oh, I’d never be able to do that’.

What Should Be on My Bucket List?

• Do something exciting. Knowing you can write about it may give you the push you need. Don’t let apathy rob you of a good story.

• Start a blog to encourage aspiring writers. Share your experiences so that others can learn from them.

• Write something in a genre that’s out of your comfort zone, e.g. poetry, comedy, a song – stretch yourself.

• Write an article that will make a difference to you, an organization, your local community, or the world.

• Enter a writing competition. It’s a brilliant way to stay motivated and focused. There’s nothing like a bit of competitive spirit to get those creative juices flowing.

• Take a writing course. It’s always fun to learn something new and sharpen your writing skills.

• What’s on your bucket list? (Doesn’t have to be related to writing.)

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us before you leave! Visit http://www.Creative and receive a private writing tutor. Your tuition dollars will help sponsor cancer patients.

4 thoughts on “The Writer’s Bucket List

  1. I love the idea of a writer’s bucket list. I’m proud to say that I’ve completed this list. Two things on my bucket list that I’d love to do are bungee jumping and dog sledding. There would be so much to write about!


  2. Yes, Deb,
    I like to do something exciting and that is how I learned guitar/piano
    And I learned that writing is just as exciting, if not more,
    And lo and behold I met ms Deborah Owen and was introduced o CWI,

    To many it may be a strange website, strange work , nonprofit work of helping
    cancer patients through writing therapy,
    Which, as I wrote to her, learned that you’re never too old to do exciting things
    such as learning to write . and write better, with the purchase of a course,
    I will soon get my first one very soon!
    And I’m so excited about it!

    She know what she is talking about, a great teacher,
    Thanks for listening
    Sonny Dinger


    1. Music and writing are closely related in a number of ways. I’ve learned that people who have one talent in the arts usually have others they aren’t aware of. You’re studying in a methodical way and I can already see where it has helped a lot. Keep up the good work. Deb


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