As a writer, I’ve set myself some goals over the course of my career. Some I’ve accomplished, some I’m still looking forward to. These aren’t always goals that I can just get out there and achieve, of course. Several of them are steps that I have to work my way up to in steps while some of them are just a matter of carving out the time. Since I’ve just finished up a big project, I felt like now was a good time to share my bucket list — as far as writing goes.
- Earn my living as a writer — Accomplished
I’ve wanted to write as long as I could remember, but I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer (speaking in terms of my profession) until I was in college. But I figured out that I wanted to earn a living from my writing and I wanted to do it right. I originally figured that meant getting a job in PR or in journalism, but I started freelancing while looking for a job after graduation. Freelancing rapidly turned into a full-time business for me and I’ve been doing it ever since.
- Write a book-length manuscript — Accomplished
My new ebook, The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Passive Income, would make up a short book if I published it in print. But I’ve written longer manuscripts as well — several 30,000+ word pieces, which I consider the absolute bottom limit for a book. But that leads me to the third item on my list.
- Have a book I’ve written on shelves at the big chain bookstores — Not Yet
While I’ve had sections in several books you can find down at your local Borders or Barnes & Noble, I’ve yet to get a book of my own on the shelves. I’d like to, though, if only to make sure my family realizes that I’m not actually going to starve as a writer.
- Endow a scholarship for the newspaper staff at my alma mater — Not Yet
I worked hard on The Collegian (my university’s weekly paper) while I was an undergrad. It was truly an important part of my education as a writer. But there’s not a lot of financial recognition that goes into working for the student newspaper and I want to, eventually, be in a place where I can help out those students who want to work on the paper but may not be able to because of financial issues.
- Build up my own publications / websites to the point where I can choose how much client work I’ll take — Not Yet
There are projects I do for clients that I adore. They could probably get me to take a lower fee just for the pleasure of working on something so amazingly cool. There are other projects, though, that make we wish I could curl up in a ball. I’ve already started reducing what painful projects I take, but one of my long-term goals is to be in a position where I don’t have to take any client work in a given week if I don’t feel like it. I’ve got a ways to go, but I feel like I can see where I’m heading.
What’s on your writing bucket list? What do you want to have written before you kick the bucket?