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.)
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