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Writing Bucket List

As you know I don’t do a lot of tags on here, but this looked like fun! I don’t think I was tagged by anyone but I have seen a few of these over the last few weeks so if you did tag me and I forgot, I apologise πŸ™‚ If you remind me I can add you.

This was harder than you might think! I’ve never had a bucket list so this will likely be the only one I’ll ever have/need. It was great to think about my goals as a writer, and I can only recommend it – even if it’s not for a bucket list!

My writing bucket list

1) Have a writing retreat at home.

I’ve seen a lot of writers go away for a weekend or longer, and rent a cabin somewhere or a hotel room just to write without distractions. As wonderful as that sounds (and it sounds wonderful), I can’t afford to do that.

However, we do have a spare room in our house and a shed which needs replacing at the end of the garden. We can’t afford to do that, either, but it’s a dream for the future to convert one of those into a writing retreat – a room I don’t use for anything but plot, research and write!

writing retreat
I’d quite happily lock myself away here for a week and write! Source

2) Publish a trilogy.

I’m on that now! [shameless self-promo on] My first book Rise of the Sparrows will be out 23rd May and will be the first in the trilogy. [shameless self-promo off] I’ve wanted to be a writer for years (since I was a child and since before I could write, if you believe my mum) so this is a huge and very exciting step for me!

I want to write a longer series in the future, too, but for now this is a good place to startΒ πŸ™‚

3) Co-write a book or a series.Β 

Being around creative people is incredibly inspiring, and I’ve met some amazing writers since I’ve started this blog. Co-writing a book sounds like a big challenge, equally maddening and amazing, and at some point I’d like to give it a shot.

Your character distracts the bad guy, while my character sneaks up on him! TEAMWORK!

4) Be someone’s inspiration.

Books have been inspiring as well as therapy to me over the years. I’ve always wanted to write, but after reading Empress by Karen Miller it was a definite for me that I’d be a writer some day. The book was amazing and the first book I read by her, and it inspired me to give writing a proper, earnest go. Incidentally she has also given me some of the best advice on writing I’ve ever received, but that might be a post for another day.

I’d love to write a book that inspires someone to write themselves, or to better themselves or do something they’ve always dreamed of doing. Writing is as much therapy to me as reading is, and if I could inspire someone to try it and maybe even grow to love it I’d be a very proud girl!

5) Get an agent and be published traditionally.

This is listed last because it’s a big if. Publishing my books myself gives me all of the control, and I’m not going to give that up easily. I’m not desperate to get an agent or publish my books traditionally and am quite happy to do it all myself, so the contract would need to be just right. Money isn’t my priority – I’ve picked the wrong profession if it was – and isn’t a deciding factor.

So, while it would be nice to be able to say that I’ve got a publishing deal, it’s not a must.

Have you written your writer’s bucket list? What would be on your list if you had one?


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  1. You’re a good writer Sarina, I hope you achieve your dreams, you’re an inspiration as of now! πŸ™‚

  2. Wishing you all the best for the first part of the trilogy. You deserve success.

    (My bucket list?….Err….fix the hole in the bucket I guess…)

    • Thank you! Your continued support means a lot <3
      Fixing the holes sounds like a great first step, that bucket won't be very useful to you otherwise πŸ™‚

      • I’m very much the guy in the old song ‘There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,

  3. Great post, Sarina! It inspired me to think about my own one!

    1. I guess the first would be to finish my debut novel “Yesterdays Galaxy” and aim to have it released before 2020 and outline the next two during that time or even start writing.

    2. Write a children’s picture book. I’ve had an idea dancing around in my head for so long so here’s hoping one day I can make it happen!

    3. Have a writing retreat. There’s a great historic hotel by me which I’ve always admired and writing there has been wonderful.

    4. One day I’d love to go to the London Book Fair!

    5. Currently I have 20 other outlines, it would be wonderful if I could publish them for the world to see.

    And just for the sake of it:

    I’ve recently grown to like coffee, one day I NEED to sit down and review what I’ve written whilst taking a sip :p

    Once again, great post Sarina!

    • Thank you! I’m so glad it inspired you to write your own. Having a writing retreat seems to be on a lot of writers’ lists! Maybe I’ll run into you on the London Book Fair, I’d love to go myself πŸ™‚ Best of luck for your novel! ‘Yesterday’s Galaxy’ is a great title, I’ll have to keep an eye open πŸ™‚ A post on all your ideas you had from taking coffee sounds interesting, you should do it πŸ™‚

      • Thank you, Sarina for the kind words. πŸ˜‰ May I mention you in my blog post as the inspiration for my next post about my own writing goals? πŸ™‚

  4. Great bucket list, I wish you to cross all those items in the future πŸ™‚

  5. This is a really good bucket list…and I’m definitely linking back to you when I post mine on Friday πŸ™‚
    I’m thinking I’m going to be a bit of an over achiever and aim for a 7 book series first. Can’t help it, it just happened.
    I’d love to co-write a book as well. I think it would be amazingly fun. Well depending on the writer. Chaotic no matter which way you go though.
    I’d actually like an artist retreat though.
    P.S. You already are an inspiration, anytime I read your tweets or posts it almost always inspires me to try harder and do better with my writing to be more like you in regards to my tenacity with writing like your tenacity with yours.

    • I’ll have to hop over to your blog and take a look, I haven’t had the chance yet! πŸ™‚
      Nothing wrong with that, a y-book series sounds fine to me! The more the merrier πŸ˜‰
      Stop it, you’re making me blush <3 Thank you for the kind words! Let's make it a challenge then – whoever writes the most words… Although I'm pretty sure I've lost this week!

  6. These are great aspirations Sarina and I’m sure that you will accomplish all five! You have the talent & the drive to do it.
    I especially love your wish to be an inspiration for someone. I know that your perseverance has inspired me and you’ve helped me to believe that with the right amount of effort I can also see my first book published. Thank you for that <3
    Never stop telling your stories and believing in them. You. Are. Amazing.

    • Goodness, Faith, stop it! You’re making me blush! <3
      I can't believe the response I got to that point, it's a little overwhelming!
      Thank you, you wonderful person. Never stop being you <3

      • It’s all true!
        Thanks for your beautiful comment. They made my day <3

  7. Thank you for sharing your bucket list. You goals and aspirations are admirable. A writing retreat at home would be fantastic and I, too, would love to co-author a book with someone. Would be nice to have someone to share the stress and decision making with ;p Great list!!

    • You’re very welcome! I loved reading through yours so I thought why not? πŸ˜‰ I’m actually wondering about re-purposing my dark room and using that as a writing room, but since it’s in the attic it’s a bit annoying to get into it. I wouldn’t want to drop my laptop!

      • Why not indeed πŸ˜‰ It was brilliant! Yeah, a dropped laptop would not be a happy experience. Better safe than sorry!

  8. I loved all of your bucket list entries. How great a writing retreat would be and to inspire. I have no doubt that you are capable of achieving all of these and much more.

    • Thank you! <3 I'd love a writing retreat. I'm happy with my cluttered desk in our lounge, but a room reserved just for writing my books? (and maybe some reading and plotting) I wouldn't say no to that.

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