In the last year, I made the incredible and life changing discovery that I liked to write. As discussed previously in this blog, this revelation pushed me to maintain correspondence with a very small group of fans while on my trip through Asia. It also made me very excited to start a blog, attempt to enhance my presence online via twitter and facebook, and write a book.
Since settling in Fort Collins, I’m working on building my skills and reputation as a writer. I’ve read “how to write books” including Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Writing and Selling Your Memoir by Paula Balzer. In my bookshelf sit another half dozen, patiently waiting to be read. For pleasure, I’m devouring memoirs. Right now, I’m in the middle of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and plan next to read Stephen King’s On Writing. I’ve also joined a local writer’s group and a book club at the library.
While I am just at the beginning of what I hope to be a long and prosperous career, I don’t think it’s too soon to create what Dana Sitar calls, a “Writer’s Bucket List”. I totally want to do three out of the five items on her list including: 1. do something bizarre just to write about it; 2. self-publish; and 3. find a mentor. However, I am not that interested in spending my leisure time in 4. editing someone else’s writing, nor do I desire to 5. live in poverty, no matter how good it will be for my career.
Since I don’t think a Bucket List should only have three items on it, I thought I could add a few more things. So with all the necessary pomp and circumstance, here is my Writer’s Bucket List (in no particular order):
Alexis’ Writer’s Bucket List
1. Write a poem (that’s actually good)
2. Publish a book (or finish one?)
3. Write science fiction (that’s not too Star Warsy… although Star Wars is THE BEST!)
4. Go viral (on-line, not medically)
5. Have a conversation with an accomplished author (and don’t sound like a dolt)
6. Do something bizarre just to write about it (without getting arrested)
7. Self-publish my writing (but not because I’m the only one who likes it)
8. Meet George R. R. Martin (and try not to act like a stalker)
9. Find a mentor (that isn’t that much more successful than I am)
10. Get to a point where I write just to write (without caring what others think about my writing)