Writing Bucket List

Recently I read an awesome post by JD of A Wrestling Writer on Out Of The Well called Writing Bucket List. I have never been big on bucket lists. Maybe I’m not ready to die (just kidding!) or just cause I’m not big on adrenaline rush, but I’ve never thought of a specific bucket list, especially a writing one.

I read down the list on this blog post and I became absolutely excited and inspired. There was someone who loved the writing as much as I did and whose goals were so similar to mine. I felt what we all want to feel: I was not alone in the world!

This post inspired me and I’ve been thinking for days now to write my own list. I will write it up and as I check the items off my list, I will follow JD’s example and come back here and update them with the dates.

My Writing Bucket List:

  • Write a novel – started in 2011, in re-write now, first draft of another one is ‘stewing’
  • Become part of a writing group – 2011 and 2012
  • Take a writing class – 2011, 2012
  • Get novel professionally edited
  • Publish a novel
  • Have a blog – 2013
  • Have a newsletter – 2014
  • Write a short story – 2014
  • Publish a short story – should be in Sept 2014
  • Enter a writing contest – 2014 and was accepted into anthology
  • Win a writing contest
  • Complete NaNoWriMo
  • Join Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of Romance Writers Of America
  • Attend RWA conference
  • Meet my readers at one of the ‘Cons or a book festival, sign and sell my book
  • Write three books a year – fantasy, writing, tech tips for writers
  • Write a book of short stories – in progress, 50% in 2014
  • Write and publish a non-fiction e-book
  • Self-publish a book of short stories
  • Get published in a magazine
  • Guest post for a blog
  • Attend writers conference – 2013 and 2014
  • Join writer’s society – 2013, GLAWS
  • Go on a writing retreat
  • Get BA in creative writing
  • Become an editor
  • Do e-book formatting for others
  • Open digital publishing house
  • Offer classes on memoir writing to local seniors
  • Open a writer-friendly coffee shop with comfy seats and free wi-fi
  • Be a full time writer

 

They say if you dream it and write it down, it will happen. I’ll be hard at work to make it happen.

 

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What Inspires You to Write?

Ever stopped to think of all the random things that inspire you to write?

I can immediately think of a few that are common for many of us:

  • Music – soft quiet one for those love scenes, heavy-metal for those action scenes
  • Weather – for some it’s rain, while others get excited by a bright sunshine
  • A good book – the feelings it stirs up and how it moves us
  • A movie – same as a book but with sound and visual elements added

But there are other, more subtle reasons that inspire us to write which we don’t realize at times, that come with being human and living among people:

  • A story we heard while in line at the supermarket
  • A wrinkly hand of the mother that reminds us that the time together is limited
  • Sickness of the family pet that brings everyone together
  • A promise you made to a loved one
  • A promise you made to yourself
  • Legacy you want to leave your children
  • Curiosity and wonder
  • A desire to make someone’s life better

The reasons go on and on as are the books that were inspired by them.

What are the things that inspire You?

 

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My 500 Words, Day 32

YES, I DID IT!!! I completed my 31 days of writing 500 words a day!!!

Phew, it’s been hard but very rewarding. When I started off my writing schedule was very spotty.With a full-time job and kids/husband/house to take care of, a million other things would take up my time, but somewhere deep inside I knew that a lot of that were just excuses, simply because I was afraid to write. So, I decided that I needed a challenge and accountability to myself and to you, my dear readers, to give myself a kick in a butt and give writing the time it deserved.

Let me tell you, writing EVERY day is hard. No matter how often you write and how much readers might like your last post, as soon as you start writing another line, it’s like starting with a blank slate. The desire to procrastinate is great and there are all these chores to be done. Having a goal of sitting down and writing 500 words every day gets you going though. For me, it’s like having homework that you have to turn in, but instead it’s you and your audience who are the teacher.

When you know that you have this commitment to fulfill, suddenly there are bits of time that begin to show up, suddenly you are firmer about what’s important to you and your family begins to get it and helps you more; watching mindless TV is not as attractive anymore and your fingers reach out for the keyboard every chance you get.

Better yet, you develop such a strong habit of doing it, you crave it when you are not writing, you get withdrawals for the lack of better word. You can’t wait to get home, hop on your laptop and get some words out of your system.

There were days (like yesterday) when I drove for four hours straight and was completely wiped by the time I got home; I couldn’t make my brain come up with any more words. On days like these I did my best not to give myself any guilt trips and knew that tomorrow would be a new day and new chances to get back to writing.

Will I continue with my 500 words? You bet! In fact I am going for 1,000 a day as my new goal. Definitely wish me luck with that one!

Here are my totals since the last check-in:

6/17 – 866 + blog post 315

6/18 – nothing, lots of reading on marketing

6/19 – 619

6/20 – nothing, blog post 444

6/21 – 1113

6/22 – 101, traveling

 

Keep on writing, fight the good fight!

See you on the battlefield!

 

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Writing is My Lifeline

I am here to profess my love for Writing.

I am not ashamed to admit, that when we first met, I was very intimidated and shy around Writing. I wasn’t sure if I was worth It, or ever be good enough for It. Writing seemed so well defined and polished and I surely would never be like that, I’m just me, nothing special.

I was looking up at Writing and worshiping its perfection and its influence and hoped that one day I will be allowed in its ranks, even if just as a humble servant. I was happy to be associated with Writing even in just a small way.

Over time, however, I began to realize that the pedestal that the Writing was standing on was built with my own hands. Writing wasn’t a stuck-up, out-of-reach, too-good-for-me as I originally thought. It wanted me to get to know it better and get closer.

So I decided to give it a shot. I began to approach it more, write more often and more openly. The closer I got to Writing, closer it got to me. It is still a work in progress as it’s often so mysterious and larger than life, but I am making the effort.

So far, the Writing hasn’t let me down yet. Every morning I wake looking forward spending time with it and every minute I can steal is so worth it. It makes me a better person, helps me grow and explore new horizons. It teaches me so much more than just write a good prose. It’s about trusting myself, speaking the truth, being brave, building relationships and helping people. What can I say? I Love Writing.

How is your relationship with Writing?

 

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My 500 Words, Day 25

I can’t believe it’s Day 25 of My 500 Word Challenge! As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

I set out on this challenge over 3 weeks ago not knowing if I’ll be able to stick to the habit of writing daily, but I really wanted to. I felt like my writing goals were taking too long and I was honest with myself to realize that it was due to my inconsistent writing routine. I would write a few times a week, but I always felt at the mercy of the next event to interrupt me.

Setting a goal of writing every day and setting a minimum of 500 words, caused a couple things to happen.

First, I knew that 500 words was a very doable number and no excuse was valid enough not to write this much. On a few of the nights I was falling asleep in front of my laptop, but I didn’t allow myself go there until I had my 500 words. I had to do it because often it’s hard to tell – was I really tired or was it the resistance masked as tiredness? So, I had to show “it” who’s the boss.

Second, I noticed that writing was becoming easier and I have been writing more almost every time. On some days I wrote my novel and a blog post and a short story. Instead of resisting sitting down to write, I felt a need to sit down and write. I even did some writing during Father’s Day party (hey, some people jump into pool, some people rather write!).

Third, the self-guilt trips of not-writing are getting smaller to the point of extinction. I really love that part. I look at my laptop and smile, rather than mouthing “Sorry!”.

Here are the totals since last update:

6/9 – 351

6/10 – 771

6/11 – 525 + blog post 430

6/12 – nothing for novel + blog post 244

6/13 – 821 + blog post 153

6/14 – 1090 + short story 424

6/15 – 815 + short story 440

6/16 – this blog post (310)+ more writing tonight

 

If I can do it, you can do it for sure, I just know it!

Do the challenge with me, every step however small is taking you towards your dream.

 

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Writing – You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!

I’ve been thinking recently of what a battle it is to write. And most of the time, it is a battle with ourselves.

And a quote came to my mind from one of my favorite moves, “Sucker Punch”.

It applies to so many areas of our lives, and for me, it applies to writing:

“Who honors those we love for the very life we live? Who sends monsters to kill us and at the same time sings that we’ll never die? Who teaches us what’s real and how to laugh at lies? Who decides why we live and what we’ll die to defend? Who chains us and who holds the key that can set us free? It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight! Sweetpea

Enjoy the rest of your week and fight the good fight!

 

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Writing is Courage

Don’t let the inspiration hold you back.

Often, when we sit down to write, we don’t feel “inspired”. We are tired, reeling from stress from our regular day jobs and the last thing we want to do is open a page and be honest with ourselves. So we pretend that the issue here is a lack of inspiration, rather than our own fear of showing the world our insides.

We are afraid that once we put it on paper (real or otherwise), we will be vulnerable and the world will have a weapon against us. What we need to realize is that we are not alone in this. We need to realize that by being vulnerable we will find like-minded people that are looking for us to connect.

Once we write our souls out, the world might have a weapon against us, yes, but we will also have a protection in a form of a support, love, friendship of people that are not afraid to show the world what makes them tick, what helps them go on every day, what lights up or darkens their day.

Don’t be afraid to write. You will discover things inside of yourself you never knew where there. You will discover people who will appreciate you for who you are, real you, and help you be courageous every day.

Writing is courage, so fight on!

 

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My Must-Haves When I Write

In one of my previous posts I talked about the Inspiration and how, rather waiting for the inspiration to write, you should write first and the inspiration will surely follow.

However, there is that subject of actually writing. How do you make yourself get into that writing chair daily and stick to it? And once you are in the chair, how do you actually start?

I know everyone has their own place, routine, a ritual if you please, to start writing, to get into the routine and stay there. Here are 5 things that I need to get my writing going and keep me through it:

  1. A pair of Apple fitted headphones. Nothing is more annoying and distracting as a pair of headphones that doesn’t fit right, hurt the insides of your ears, falls out every time you move your head, crackle, the list goes on. The headphone I use stay put, don’t squeeze my skull, and allow very little of an outside noise so I can slip into my writing world
  2. A music player. Naturally, with the headphones come the music player you attach them to. I don’t discriminate between makers, as long as I can put my music on random, repeat or play an album in an order. I use my Samsung phone, Apple iPod, CreativeLabs Zen or simply plug into my laptop and find a good mix on 8tracks.com that I discovered thanks to Courtney Carver (Thank you!)
  3. A good music mix. I use a different type of music for different projects that I write, but universally I lean towards slower Indie music or movie soundtracks/scores for my writing. My favorite soundtracks are from “Twilight” movies (especially first three movies), “Titanic”, “Tron”, “Jerry McGuire” and “Fifth Element”
  4. My laptop. I used to be very unproductive when faced with an electronic screen and used paper to get my juices going, but the more I write, the more comfortable I become with writing digitally. My laptop has to be small since I drag it everywhere I go
  5. A blanket. Ok, I admit, I am a wimp when it comes to being cold and I can’t concentrate when my legs are freezing, so a blanket is a must to get cozy and submerge into the world of my book. My writing place has to be comfortable, so a pillow and a comfy sitting are my best friends

What are you secret tools for getting into the groove of writing? I would like to know, maybe I will include them on my personal list of must-haves!

 

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My 500 Words, Day 17

It is Day 17 of my 500 words challenge and I’m still here, kicking.

You know how they say, bad habits are hard to beat. Well, good habits are just as hard to keep up with, but I’m making an effort to show up. And I’m so glad that I am. Having a promise to all of you and especially to myself made me sit down and write even when I was dead tired and falling off of my feet. Even when it was close to midnight and I knew I would only have a few hours to sleep and a stressful workday ahead of me, I sat down and I wrote my 500 words.

It’s amazing how we can find shreds of energy where it seems there are none when we are focused on something, a goal, a project, a promise.

Here are the word counts since the last weekly check in:

6/2 – 528

6/3 – 589

6/4 – 505

6/5 – 716 +1624 (short story)

6/6 – nothing

6/7 – 1011

6/8 – 575

As promised, I will post another short story that I wrote as a part of this challenge. It needs a bit of an editing (again, I will not over-edit it as I want it to be as close to the raw writing as possible, but I want to clean it up from the basic misspellings and typos). I will be posting it within next couple days.

Until, good night and keep on writing!

 

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