Bucket List for Writers

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I love lists. I love writing. I love buckets. So I brought them all together in a perfect union. I did, however, borrow inspiration from Catherine Smith of Sooner Not Later for this idea. She helps people make their dreams come true, and she completed 52 bucket list items in 2015. Wowzers!

If you love this writerly bucket list as much as I do, then you can scroll down to the bottom and download the pretty PDF and print it! Hooray for goals and stuff! 


  • Go on a writing retreat

  • Take the train

  • Set off on a literary pilgrimage to a site where your favorite author lived or spent his/her time writing

  • Visit a printing plant to see how books are made

  • Visit the grave of a famous author

  • Visit a famous bookstore in another state

  • Visit a bookstore or library in another country (like Dublin, Ireland’s “The Long Room”)

Personal Development

  • Find a mentor

  • Write an affirmation statement that expresses all your strengths as a writer

  • Buy a book for a child

  • Read The Elements of Style

  • Donate copies of your book to a worthy cause

  • Mentor a teen who is interested in writing

  • Create a productive writing space

  • Write from the heart

  • Subscribe to a "word of the day" email


  • Do something weird just to write about it

  • Start a book club or writing workshop

  • Get a little free library outside your house

  • Guest blog for someone famous

  • Start a personal library

  • Create art out of books that are falling apart

  • Read a ridiculously difficult book, like Ulysses

  • Start a savings fund for self-publishing

  • Try editing a book

Bookish Buys

  • Collect a series

  • Buy old books at garage sales—and barter!

  • Get an autographed book

  • Go to a book signing and get a selfie with the author

  • Visit a library

  • Buy a beautiful leather journal

  • Have a movie marathon based on the books you love

  • Purchase a handmade book

  • Buy a typewriter

  • Go on a blind date with a book

Literary Eats

  • Host an Alice in Wonderland tea party

  • Eat a cake that’s designed like a book

  • Try some fictitious dishes

  • Make green eggs and ham

  • Eat like a Hobbit

  • Throw a Great Gatsby-themed party

Write On

  • Win NaNoWriMo

  • Get an article published

  • Write under a pen name

  • Write a poem

  • Write fan fiction

  • Send fan mail to your favorite authors

  • Write a comic strip or graphic novel

  • Write in a genre that you hate

  • Write a letter to your future self

  • Self-publish a book

  • Send your ready-for-publication book to at least three traditional publishing houses


An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 400 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her dogs, Chanel, Wednesday, and Baker.