Writer’s Bucket List, Revisited

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A while ago I posted a writer’s bucket list for myself. I decided that for today’s post, I would revisit it and see how much progress I’m making.

  1. Publish 4 novels. I’ve got at least that many as WIPs currently, so this should be “easy” to do (nothing about writing is easy).
  2. Finish a short story. I have this habit of making stories too big, and for once I’d like to write an actual short story. If only one in my life. So this is definitely part of the list.
  3. Connect and make friends with fellow authors. I have a history of being a recluse and I’d like that to change. (A little bit. Not by much.)
  4. Attend a writing conference. My mother has been doing this for years and I should really start to as well — she has so many contacts and she has so much fun at the conferences, I wonder that I haven’t started to go to them yet.
  5. Attend a fandom conference as a guest. Something like DragonCon, though maybe not that big. I’m not sure — cons where sff writers are more than welcome. (I know they’re out there; I’m just at a loss for names right now.)
  6. Win NaNoWriMo. I have been doing this thing for years and I have yet to win the elusive bastard. This year (2011) is mine.
  7. Become semi-famous. At least well known in the SFF circuit. That is a fame unto itself, and the one that matters most to me as a writer and reader of SFF.
  8. Actually develop a technique, and learn what that technique is. I do have a technique, but if asked to talk about it I start babbling incoherently because I don’t know what it is.
  9. Get a blurb from one of my favourite authors. Ideally, Ursula K. LeGuin, but I have a short list of favourite authors in addition to her name.

Damn! 2 done already, and it’s only been 2 months. Not too shabby. As well, I currently am just shy of 20K words for NaNoWriMo 2011, and plan on making 25K by this Sunday. I expect to have 50K words written by the middle of the month. Just you wait!

(The short story I wrote has been entered into a contest and so is un-shareable at this time. However, I’ll know by January if it wins or not, at which point I’ll probably put it on the site.)


2 thoughts on “Writer’s Bucket List, Revisited

  1. Melissa

    Please tell me what your trick is for getting so many of your goals done! I make goals for myself and hardly ever finish them. I think (if I can keep up with them) the writing goals I set for this month and my 100 books in a year challenge on goodreads will be the only goals I’ve reached in a while

    1. Katje

      Oh, well…I attribute it to luck. 🙂 I have a lot more goals than just the ones on this list, but I try to keep this blog focused on writing-related stuff, so….

      The short story was just a fluke; I wrote it in the middle of class and was like “Hey, I wrote a short story! Awesome!”. Completely unexpected. 😉

      I think reading 100 books in a year is an amazing goal to reach. My GR books challenge goal is to read 12 books this year, and I’m about halfway through. I just have no time or discipline.

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