What’s on a Writer’s Bucket List in 2014?

It’s become an annual tradition for me to host a group of talented, generous writers who share the top three things they want to achieve in the upcoming year. As always, my friends and I have writing goals, but we’re also seeking health, happiness, and change. Read on to discover the other items on our wish lists. Can you relate? And if you haven’t written down your 2014 goals yet, there’s still time. Here’s my top three:

1. Sell the house.
Molly.Headshot_OptimizedIt can be either embarrassing or motivating (depending on the outcome) to declare yourself online. When I look back at my top three goals for 2013, I admit I missed the mark by a mile. My circumstances did a 360 late February 2013 and I decided not to list my house. I wrote instead. This year, however, #1 on my list is to get the house on the market by April 1 and sold and closed before the year is through. Wish me luck!

2. Write three full-length novels.
Yeah, this goal will be a stretch but I’m sticking to it. I published my second novel, Rapunzel, in early December 2013, and it helped me establish a writing process that I believe will speed up my production. In addition, I will publish a novella and a book of essays before the close of 2014 – these are nearly complete.

3. Build my business: Blog Coach For Hire.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve officially hung out my shingle and I am now open for business! I’ve learned an enormous amount about blogging best practices and how to put a process in place that really helps organize and streamline the work. My book, Blog It! has been successful and well-received. And now I’m ready to help other bloggers make a go of it!

Elizabeth Craig
EliizabethCraig1. Complete three books and either start or finish another. Three books will release. The self-published ones will release in all formats.
2. Find healthy ways to reduce stress – hopefully by connecting with my family, exercising, reading, and meditating.
3. Multi-task less, single-task more. It’s my new mantra!

Toby Neal
1. Sell rights to the Lei Crime Series for TV or film.
Toby-Neal_OptimizedCurrently, the series is being shopped by my agent to other agents in Hollywood because of the level of interest there’s been in a TV show or film. I’ve been approached by two producers and while nothing’s happened yet, I’m hopeful it will! What a thrill it would be to see my characters brought to life onscreen!

2. Publish my memoir.
I had a very interesting and alternative childhood, and I’ve been working on a memoir the last ten years. My agent is looking to sell it to a traditional publisher; but if that doesn’t happen and I self-publish, I’m still going to work on completing this as a personal bucket list item. Anyone who thinks writing a memoir is easy hasn’t done it!

3. Transition to a more mobile lifestyle.
My husband and I want to take more road trips, and spend the hot months of the summer somewhere cool. Extracting ourselves from home, dogs, mortgage and 15 years of accumulated crap/treasures while continuing to make a living is a challenging proposition!

Belinda Pollard
Belinda-Pollard-Optimized1. Finish and publish at least ONE of the 6 or 7 books I’ve been writing for so long it’s embarrassing.
2. Shove all those clamorous work deadlines to one side for long enough to activate some more of the ideas I have for helping writers via my website.
3. Be kinder to myself about work and finances and family and friends. Take more breaks. Listen to my spiritual side more. Laugh more. And finally succeed in teaching my dog not to pull my arm out of its socket when we go for a walk.

Terry Tyler: Amazon UKAmazon US
Terry Tyler1. Either find an agent for my novels
with a view to getting traditionally published, or become so successful as an independent that I don’t need to! I’ve had interest from agents in the past but have not submitted anything since I began to self-publish. I think that now might be the time to try again.

2. Pull off my genre change successfully.
My next novel is a contemporary drama with a historical theme. I’m hoping it will appeal to lovers of historical fiction as well as my current readers. I have two other similar books planned, and am aiming to get Kings and Queens out in about March/April 2014. It’s always a risk to change genre, but I truly believe this will be my best book yet.

3. Put a lid on the ageing process!
I will be 55 in 2014, which means that the day after my birthday I will be nearer 60 than 50. I do actually like being older, in my head, but I want to keep the physical aspect of it under control, which means eating less ice cream, taking more exercise, etc. etc. The grey hair I can deal with, and I thank God that my mother drilled into me the importance of skin care, from about the age of 12! With this comes a sub-goal; to appreciate and make the most of every day, because I don’t know how many I have left. I think that probably sums up all goals, really, doesn’t it?

We wish you all a fun, successful, healthy, fabulous year filled with satisfaction and adventure!
Readers, what are YOUR top 3 goals for 2014?
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24 Responses to What’s on a Writer’s Bucket List in 2014?

  1. Debbie Young December 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    What an interesting set of lists – good luck with all those goals! You all sound very positive, focused writers, which must take you a long way already towards your objectives.

    Here are my three:
    – spend the first two hours of every weekday on my creative writing (short fiction)
    – publish one collection of short stories, one of flash and one non-fiction book
    – get more sleep (so that I have the physical and creative energy to achieve those first two ambitions!)

    Happy New Year to you all!

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks, Debbie! I do the same thing now re: writing first thing in the morning. I make my coffee and sit down at the laptop and work on MY stuff before anything else. I’ve even learned to ignore the dog begging for a walk. Happy New Year to you!

    • Terry Tyler December 31, 2013 at 1:23 am #

      Nice ones, Debbie – and yes, I think the 3rd is the key to the other two!!

  2. Jolyse Barnett December 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    These are wonderful goals! I’ve been mulling over my life goals for the past week.

    I definitely agree with slowing the ageing process. I’m 48 and have noticed that I’m losing muscle mass and elasticity. I’ve added Pilates and small weights to my daily routine with the goal of reversing some of the negative effects of another birthday. (I, too, love being older in my mind!)

    I plan to write four articles for my RWA chapter newsletter, finish my current WIP, plot the next, and finish rewrites on another.

    I plan to travel more this year, day trips and exotic getaways included. I will continue to cherish every moment of every day, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. 🙂

    Happy 2014 all!

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Thanks, Jolyse! I LOVE your travel goal. I claim I’m going to try to do that every year but, alas, I don’t pull it off so this year I ignored it. I’ll live vicariously through you!

    • Toby Neal December 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      I’m forty eight too, and what is it about approaching fifty? Everything that isn’t wrinkling is heading for the floor! I’d add that to my list!

      • Molly Greene December 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

        Oh come on, Toby – you people are youngsters! I should ban all discussions of *age* on this blog 🙂

        • Terry Tyler January 1, 2014 at 3:56 am #

          We’re merely commiserating with each other on the physical aspects of it, Molly – we KNOW it’s better head-wise!!!

    • Terry Tyler December 31, 2013 at 1:24 am #

      Jolyse, you sound as if you are in the same headspace as me right now!!! I have to admit I’ve given up on muscle tone since the dread ‘change’ – I just want to stay relatively fit!

      • Jolyse Barnett January 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

        I hear you, Terry. I am of the mindset that I will fight it as long and as hard and as gracefully as I can. 🙂

  3. Pamela Beason December 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Whoa! I got fatigued just reading all those goals. But I got inspired, too; you all are such dedicated writers!

    I plan to publish at least two new novels, do my best to figure out how to market the nine I already have out in the world, and get out and enjoy my friends and the natural environment whenever I can–snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving.

    There’s never enough time, but at least life is never boring!

    • Molly Greene December 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi Pam! They are inspiring and so are you. I need to follow in your footsteps and get out in the world more, too. Balance in all things – we can’t sit in front of the computer all the time!

      • Terry Tyler December 31, 2013 at 1:33 am #

        Molly, you’re dead right about that – trouble is, I just want to write ALL THE TIME…!

    • Terry Tyler December 31, 2013 at 1:31 am #

      It’s all the physical ones that I admire and envy…. and if you want to know anout marketing, Pamela, you’re probably in the right place! Rachel Thompson’s blog is also great (@BadredheadMedia on Twitter)

  4. Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever December 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Love all you gals!

  5. Belinda Pollard December 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Only 8 hours till 2014 here in Australia. Better get ready to achieve me some goals! 🙂

  6. Dan Erickson December 31, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    1. Write: complete my first book of poetry and the third book to my cult trilogy. 2. Exercise: Keep my body moving and eliminate impinged shoulder. 3. Live. Have lots of experiences and fun with my eight-year old daughter.

    • Molly Greene December 31, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Dan, thank you so much – I’m with you on all three. Best to you in all you do in 2014!

  7. Laura Zera January 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Hope you roar through your goals in 2014, Molly. Mine are old and new. Old is to finish the book edit and get it out to agents. New is to create and deliver a new presentation on mental illness to middle-school-aged children and to sell some travel and/or adventure stories in the magazine marketplace.

    • Molly Greene January 2, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Thanks, Laura. I’m just aiming to GET through them all, haha. As for yours, the best to you always in everything you do!

  8. Aya Walksfar January 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    This is a great idea: share with others my top three goals for 2014.
    As for the aging process: well, I will be 61 in July. I still find each day a gift, and I look for the gray in my hair. In my culture the lines on face and the gray in hair is a sign that you have lived long enough to perhaps acquire a bit of wisdom.
    1. Stay clean, sober and tobacco free, as I have been for 30 years. Without this nothing else can occur.
    2. Remember to thank my wife every day for all the support and encouragement she gives to me. Even when I feel like I am just spinning my wheels, she reminds me how far my writing has come and tells me I am doing a great job.
    3. Publish three books in 2014. Book 2 of the Special Crimes Team series, Run or Die! which is peripheral to the above series and Book 3 of the Special Crimes Team series.
    Good Luck to EVERYONE in accomplishing your 2014 goals!

    • Molly Greene January 6, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks so much, Aya! I’m thrilled for you that you have the love, support, determination, and encouragement that will help you get where you want to go. Thanks for your best wishes and right back at you!

  9. Patricia Donovan January 6, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    Three books in a year! I’m impressed, ladies. Makes me feel like a slacker, having taken over a year to finish my first. However, at 1,500 words a day, three novels is certainly possible. My outlook for 2014 is rosy: I have an agent who is interested, and if that falls through, I am ready to start beating doors down elsewhere. Next, I will blog more often. Third, I’ll dip my toe into the self-publishing world with a free short story.

    On a personal note, I’m going to train for a marathon this year. Although I’m proud to have attained my goal of finishing a novel, 12 months of writing has seriously eaten into my fitness time.

    Good luck to everyone!

    • Molly Greene January 6, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Hi Patricia! I took a year to write my first novel, too. I took six months to write my second. Now, the writing goes more quickly and it’s a result of leaving my full-time job, getting more practice, and putting a process in place. Congratulations to you on your interested agent and the rest of your worthy goals for this year!