What’s On A Writer’s 2013 Bucket List?

Last year I asked a group of talented, generous writers to share the top three things they wanted to achieve in 2012. I’ve decided to make this post a New Year’s tradition, so I invited several authors to share their 2013 plans. Once again, my friends and I have writing goals – but we’re also seeking laughter, patience, love and change. Read on to discover the other delightful items on our wish lists. And if you haven’t written your goals yet, grab a pen. Here’s to a fun, fabulous year!

  1. Molly.Headshot_OptimizedLast year I wanted to change everything, from my hairstyle to my home. I only managed to snag a new job, but I’m officially declaring that in 2013 my house goes on the market. I’ll wait for the universe to reveal where this change of address will take me. The hair stays – for now.
  2. Last year I resolved to take on self-publishing and websites. I’m happy to report I did launch my debut novel and the website goal worked out really well. This year my intention is to see my Alexa rating dip below 200,000 and to publish a blogging tutorial for authors. More about that soon!
  3. I planned lots of fun travel for 2012 and failed to follow through on any of it. I’d still love to catch a glimpse of the beach in Oregon, and since my dog Frank and I plan to be semi-homeless at some point, here’s hoping we can take that sandy walk this year.

Laura Zera
LauraZera_Optimized(1) I’m still writing the same book as last year, and I’ve discovered that in order to “complete and sell a really freaking fantastic manuscript” (as per my 2012 goal), it’s going to take a little longer than originally anticipated. I do know that it will get finished this year, however, and so my new 2013 goal is to be really freaking happy with it once it’s done.
(2) Spend more time laughing with family and friends. Milk-streaming-through-nose kind of moments, that’s what I’ll be aiming for this year. I have some hilarious people in my life, but I think I underutilize them.
(3) Develop a consistent meditation practice. Om.

Terri Giuliano Long
In 2013, I resolve to cherish my family and friends, to live and to love.
In November, my daughter unexpectedly lost her boyfriend. Being present for her forced me to step back, examine my priorities, consider what’s truly important. It isn’t work or money or bestseller lists or great reviews, though all those are nice. It’s people. Take away anything else and life goes on. Without the people we love, we have nothing.

TGLWebShotIn 2013, I resolve to learn from my mistakes.
Since publishing In Leah’s Wake I’ve made a lot of mistakes, spent money on things that provided little return, took wrong turns, spent time on email or frittered away hours on social media that should have been devoted to writing, getting my second book finished, edited, designed, on the market. Although I’m working hard on the novel and hope to launch sometime this winter or spring, it’s long past due.

In 2013, I resolve to be more patient, to do things right the first time, to say no more often.
This will be hard, but I resolve to be, or at least try to be, more patient—taking the time, doing something right the first time is far easier and takes less time than a do-over (if you’re lucky enough to get one). I resolve to say “no” when “no” is appropriate, and “yes” when it isn’t. I resolve to listen to my own voice and rely on the people I care about and trust, and tune out the haters. I resolve to maintain a positive attitude, even when I feel like screaming.

In 2013, I resolve to continue to depend on my assistant so I’ll have time to work on my other resolutions!
Last year I resolved to slow down, consider what’s important, spend more time with my family. I’m pleased to say that I’ve actually done it. In March I began working with my phenomenal assistant, Donna Brown, and without her —this is no exaggeration—I’d be utterly lost. With her help, I’ve scaled back, returned to a life that’s actually sane. If Donna can put up with me, I hope we work together for a long, long time to come!

Christine Nolfi
Christine-Nolfi_Optimized(1) Publish 2 novels and a How-To book.
(2) Break into libraries and independent bookstores across the U.S.
(3) Continue to nurture my marriage, and help our six young adult children pursue their dreams.

Rachel Thompson
Rachel-Thompson_OptimizedMy new book, Broken Pieces, is just out, and right now I’m focused on marketing that. In 2013 I want to accomplish these goals:
(1) Finish my fourth book in the SNARK series, Chickspeak: Uncovered, and release by summer.
(2) Continue growing my social media/book marketing business BadRedheadMedia.com.
(3) Eat less Nutella (like that will ever happen).

Alison DeLuca
Alison-DeLuca_Optimized(1) My latest book and the last in the Crown Phoenix series, The South Sea Bubble, is nearly complete. I plan to nudge that little bird out of the nest in 2013 … first, I’ll need to accomplish goal #2:
(2) Beta reads, full copy and line edit, more beta reads, and a thorough format!
(3) Then I’m looking forward to returning to The Gramophone Society for a thorough edit to make the manuscript more cohesive and coherent.
Once those two are finished I can begin on a few ideas that have been rattling around in that crowded attic I call a brain!

Susan Salluce
SusanSalluceMy top 3 goals for 2013:
(1) Solidify which novel I am writing, then actually write it in 2013, dang it!!
(2) Devote more time to my health.
(3) Raise my awareness of those who suffer locally and globally, and continue to give.


Please leave a comment and share YOUR top 3 goals for 2013 – We’d love to hear what you’ll be up to!

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35 Responses to What’s On A Writer’s 2013 Bucket List?

  1. RachelintheOC December 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Thanks for including me with this wondrous list of writers, Molly! I’m in awe of all of you and wish us all a wonderful, Nutella-filled new year!


    • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Rach, thanks for sharing – I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to work with you and get to know you better in 2012 – that fact alone makes my 2013 prospects look even brighter! Thanks for your support! Um, but if Nutella is THAT good I think I’ll stay away from it :-O

      • Laura Zera December 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

        I’m happy to be here again, too, Molly, so thanks for that! Looking forward to sharing more goals — set and accomplished — with all of you this year. And Rachel, here’s something to go with your Nutella: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlokken. Double the chocolately goodness!

        • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

          I’m afraid to follow that link, ha ha ha ha ….

  2. Sam Kirshaw December 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Top 3 Goals for 2013:
    1. Finish the rather large opus I’m currently 100,000 word in on. Working title: American Daughters
    2. Publish American Daughters on schedule in September ready for the Christmas market.
    3. Decide which of the two novels on the draft table I’m going to work on for the rest of the year: The Making Of Miss B or The Inn At The End Of The World

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Yay! Sam, you’re going to be busy in the coming months! Thanks so much for sharing, all the best to you – can’t wait to hear about your projects going forward!

  3. Emily December 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    My 3 goals for 2013 are: 1) Revise my memoir manuscript for the final time and secure an agent. 2). Spend more one on one time with each of my three kids plus my hubby. 3.) Continue to grow my blog and followers.

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      Thrilled to hear your plans, Emily – thanks so much for sharing! Hug the kids and hubby for us!

  4. Christine Nolfi December 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Molly, it’s an honor to sit among authors I greatly admire. Thank you.

    Btw, I think you should move to Charleston. I’d love to discover you’re living right down the street–and Frank would love our beaches!

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      I thought you were going to berate me because “visit Christine & Barry in Charleston” isn’t on this 2013 list – I still have time to add it!

      • Christine Nolfi December 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

        You promised to visit. I’m holding you to it!

  5. Casee Marie December 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I love this idea, and it was terrific fun to read everyone’s goals (I skipped back to last year’s post as well). By the looks of things there’s a lot to look forward to in 2013! I’m excited.

    I only have one goal at the moment and that’s to get serious about starting work on a novel of my own. Maybe I could split that up into three goals: #1 Conceive an idea for the novel, #2 Write the novel, #3 Maintain my sanity. That’s a year’s worth of effort, isn’t it?

    Thanks for the inspiration, Molly!

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Casee Marie! We can’t wait to read your novel, and sanity is highly over-rated. Would love to hear about your process for coming up with plot ideas. Hmm … maybe a blog post in that? Happy New Year!!

    • Christine Nolfi December 31, 2012 at 6:49 am #

      Casee Marie, good luck on your novel! I can’t wait to read the finished manuscript.

      Happy New Year!

  6. Pamela Beason December 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Before the end of 2013, I will have 3 mysteries published with Berkley Prime Crime, and at least two self-published mysteries, plus at least two romances and two nonfiction books. So my goals for the year are:

    Goal #1: Get organized! I need a plan for dealing with all this chaos.

    Goal #2: Have a life–experience adventures with friends.

    Note that Goal #2 will probably conflict with Goal #1, which is precisely how I got into this tangle in the first place. But at least I will have something to write about.

  7. Alison DeLuca December 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Thanks so much for including me in the blogpost, except somehow my goals didn’t change too much from last year’s. How did that happen? Not enough Nutella?

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Made me laugh out loud! The Nutella part, I mean … as for goals, these things are moving targets. We’ll get them this year!

    • Christine Nolfi January 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      No worries, Alison. If you run low on Nutella, contact Rachel. No doubt she stashes cases of the stuff beneath her computer.

  8. Vicki Hudson December 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Writing Goals –
    Finally complete Weekend Warrior’s transition from MFA thesis to book and get that proposal out. (Implied goal – find an agent and publisher.)

    Complete my poetry book, Other Mommy, which deals with being the non-biological parent in a family with two mommies. (Implied goal – get this published.)

    Complete the revision for No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique and get THAT proposal out. (Implied goal – find an agent and traditional publisher, first edition was independently published.)

    • Molly Greene December 31, 2012 at 8:14 am #

      Wow, Vicki, and I thought I was busy – you go girl! Can’t wait to hear how it all goes. Best to you with all your 2013 projects!

  9. Susan Salluce December 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Thanks, Molly, for helping me focus. I was recently interviewed about my novel, Out of Breath, and was asked if I had any advice for new writers. I said that it was critical to build a strong community of supportive writers who help share, shore-up, and cross-promote one another’s work. I am so blessed to have that in you and in many others! Blessings and Happy 2013.

  10. mist_writer January 1, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    I’m blessed to have the chance to read this blog … You have awesome writers here and I was awestruck to have the chance to be surrounded with such authors. Molly rocks, and so does Rachel … hugs and love to all you wonderful writers, and God bless!

    • Molly Greene January 1, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy New Year to you!

      • mist_writer-john January 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

        Thank you molly I love your blog its so awesome and inspiring … nothing better than your blog and a cup of cocoa.. cheers to 2013 🙂

  11. Julia Munroe Martin January 1, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    This is a great post — it’s wonderful to read what other writers’ resolutions are! As for me, very soon in the new year I’m hoping to self publish the first of a mystery series… GULP! It’s great to be inspired by other writers! Happy New Year!

    • Christine Nolfi January 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Good luck with your debut, Julia!

  12. Keri peardon January 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    It’s exercise, Judaism, and more writing for me–specifically another novel and one or two short stories. Last year’s writing turned out much better than expected, so I’m hoping for another good year.

    • Molly Greene January 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Exercise for me, too Keri – odd how that didn’t make my top 3, but I’d best pay attention to it anywho. Thanks so much for sharing, so happy for you that your 2012 writing projects turned out well!

  13. Belinda Pollard (@Belinda_Pollard) January 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I changed my hairstyle in 2012, and I’ve been regretting it ever since. So you probably dodged a bullet there, Molly. 😀

    • Molly Greene January 2, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      Ha ha ha! Ladies and their hair. It’s a challenging subject :-O

  14. Steph January 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Great post! Love it.
    I’m using mobile application called iWish (bucket list) to have my goals/ archievements organized and always have them in my back pocket.

    • Molly Greene January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Yay! Thanks for the info about iWish, and thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

  15. Martha Witt March 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Bucket list: A list of things one has never done, but would like to do before ‘kicking the bucket.’
    Snap! I’ve twiddled away years worth of hours. I’ll feel guilty if I die before I’m 107!