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“A terrific collection of tips, inspiration, and playfully inventive ideas for writers to pursue. It will cure your writer’s block and keep you entertained along the way.” – Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer "This is a fast, inspiring read that offers all kinds of great suggestions for growth and direction within the writing life. Some of the suggestions are (or should be “A terrific collection of tips, inspiration, and playfully inventive ideas for writers to pursue. It will cure your writer’s block and keep you entertained along the way.” – Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer "This is a fast, inspiring read that offers all kinds of great suggestions for growth and direction within the writing life. Some of the suggestions are (or should be) obvious, some will push most writers' boundaries. All are worth considering. Sitar offers her suggestions in a fun, breezy style." -K.M. Weiland, Author and Blogger, Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors 'A Writer's Bucket List' is an inspirational and educational guide for budding writers. It's a launching point for all the possibilities of being a writer, a kick-in-the-butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help you forge your own unique career and life path. The list challenges you and strengthens your creativity, encourages you to forge your own path, find your own education, and discover the type of writing life that’s just right for you. 99 tasks from the life of a writer help you get started on your unique journey, and step-by-step instructions, tips, and resources guide you through the toughest steps. Some inspiration and bits of advice from top writers and bloggers in the industry are scattered in there, too, to fan the flames of your creativity! About the Author Dana Sitar is a freelance blogger, author, and entrepreneur with a mission to guide you in the pursuit of happiness through writing. She helps budding writers connect, learn, and discover the awesome work of peers through DIY Writing (http://writersbucketlist.com) and on Twitter @danasitar. Dana is a contributor to '2014 Writer’s Market', 'Guide to Indie Publishing', and the Amazon Bestselling guide 'eBooks Suck! (but they don’t have to)'. Her writing has been published by Writer’s Digest, Brazen Careerist, Make a Living Writing, SF Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and dozens more writing and career industry blogs and publications.


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“A terrific collection of tips, inspiration, and playfully inventive ideas for writers to pursue. It will cure your writer’s block and keep you entertained along the way.” – Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer "This is a fast, inspiring read that offers all kinds of great suggestions for growth and direction within the writing life. Some of the suggestions are (or should be “A terrific collection of tips, inspiration, and playfully inventive ideas for writers to pursue. It will cure your writer’s block and keep you entertained along the way.” – Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer "This is a fast, inspiring read that offers all kinds of great suggestions for growth and direction within the writing life. Some of the suggestions are (or should be) obvious, some will push most writers' boundaries. All are worth considering. Sitar offers her suggestions in a fun, breezy style." -K.M. Weiland, Author and Blogger, Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors 'A Writer's Bucket List' is an inspirational and educational guide for budding writers. It's a launching point for all the possibilities of being a writer, a kick-in-the-butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help you forge your own unique career and life path. The list challenges you and strengthens your creativity, encourages you to forge your own path, find your own education, and discover the type of writing life that’s just right for you. 99 tasks from the life of a writer help you get started on your unique journey, and step-by-step instructions, tips, and resources guide you through the toughest steps. Some inspiration and bits of advice from top writers and bloggers in the industry are scattered in there, too, to fan the flames of your creativity! About the Author Dana Sitar is a freelance blogger, author, and entrepreneur with a mission to guide you in the pursuit of happiness through writing. She helps budding writers connect, learn, and discover the awesome work of peers through DIY Writing (http://writersbucketlist.com) and on Twitter @danasitar. Dana is a contributor to '2014 Writer’s Market', 'Guide to Indie Publishing', and the Amazon Bestselling guide 'eBooks Suck! (but they don’t have to)'. Her writing has been published by Writer’s Digest, Brazen Careerist, Make a Living Writing, SF Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and dozens more writing and career industry blogs and publications.

30 review for A Writer's Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Although I’ve never seen the movie I know bucket lists inside and out. I love lists, I feel victorious whenever I can check something off—completed! So when I saw the title of Dana Sitar’s new book (and the subtitle—99 Things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket) I thought, “She’s speaking my language!”And then I wondered how many “things” I could check off the list before I got to 99.If you're stuck in your writing in any way, this book addresses Although I’ve never seen the movie I know bucket lists inside and out. I love lists, I feel victorious whenever I can check something off—completed! So when I saw the title of Dana Sitar’s new book (and the subtitle—99 Things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket) I thought, “She’s speaking my language!”And then I wondered how many “things” I could check off the list before I got to 99.If you're stuck in your writing in any way, this book addresses it. Stuck for word? There are writing prompts. Lacking story ideas? Sitar suggests activities to find inspiration. Can’t figure out where to show your work? There’s an entire section on building a network. I think these tips are especially handy when you’re in a writing rut, following the same formula for everything you write. It inspires you to try something new, shake things up a bit.Because the truth is, you will never stop becoming a better writer. I love Sitar’s challenge to discover, through trying everything, exactly what kind of writer you are.At first I resisted the challenge—I even wrote the author saying something like “Hey, these tips aren’t deep enough; they force the reader to do all the work!” But after some reflection I changed my position.Page nine of A Writer’s Bucket List contains the premise and ultimate goal of this project. “The Bucket List challenges you and strengthens your creativity, encourages you to forge your own path, find your own education, and discover what type of writing life that’s Just Right for you.”If this book was a step-by-step guide to writing we’d all just become little Sitar’s. Because it doesn’t hold our hand (but instead pushes us off the cliff) we are equipped with the tools to become the best writers we can be, on our own terms.Oh, and I have 20 to go before I can finish this bucket list.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Estrella

    Not just a bucket list, but an inspiration to actually get off our bu**s and check things off of our own bucket lists. There are several things I could cross off already, which gave me an even more enthusiastic approach to start working in the companion to "A Writer's Bucket List", the workbook, and prompts supplements to the e-book that I won during the book launch FB event. I highly recommend this to any and all writers who keep putting themselves and their writing below the world's (around the Not just a bucket list, but an inspiration to actually get off our bu**s and check things off of our own bucket lists. There are several things I could cross off already, which gave me an even more enthusiastic approach to start working in the companion to "A Writer's Bucket List", the workbook, and prompts supplements to the e-book that I won during the book launch FB event. I highly recommend this to any and all writers who keep putting themselves and their writing below the world's (around them) needs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K.M. Weiland

    This is a fast, inspiring read that offers all kinds of great suggestions for growth and direction within the writing life. Some of the suggestions are (or should be) obvious, some will push most writers' boundaries. All are worth considering. Sitar offers her suggestions in a fun, breezy style. I have to give a special shout out to the design. It's a pdf, so not so great for Kindle reading, but it's an absolute aesthetic delight.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jody Lamb

    I wish I'd had this book years ago. Packed with meaningful, fun, do-able tips, this guide will kickstart a writing career and help people discover creative possibilities - in writing and life. I've been penning away for years and this book fostered new confidence to expand my creative wings and reminded me why I love writing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    K. A. Parker

    Skimmed it. Has some good ideas, albeit repetitive. Also quite broad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    M.J. Weiner

    A Writer's Bucket List is more than a traditional bucket list. It encourages writers to stretch their creative muscles into other fields for fun and experience, to have other hobbies (the mythical real life we often hear tale of when we surface from our works in progress to eat or manage other mundane issues), and to grow big fat ones when it comes to networking and forming connections within and without the writing community. I especially liked number 27, "fall in love with something that isn't A Writer's Bucket List is more than a traditional bucket list. It encourages writers to stretch their creative muscles into other fields for fun and experience, to have other hobbies (the mythical real life we often hear tale of when we surface from our works in progress to eat or manage other mundane issues), and to grow big fat ones when it comes to networking and forming connections within and without the writing community. I especially liked number 27, "fall in love with something that isn't writing." Too often, writers focus too hard on their main passion - the art of stringing words together - and we forget to find other things and people that stir our passion, imagination and soul. Without other inspiration, our writing often suffers. Any writer, from hobbyist to pro, should give this gem a read. It's short, entertaining and thought provoking. *Disclosure * I received a free PDF copy as part of the Goodriter.com initial sign-up drive. My review is my own, unbiased and uninfluenced opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katje van Loon

    Definitely add this book to your must-haves list if you're a new or aspiring writer -- or even not so new! I've been writing for most of my life and no longer use the term 'aspiring', and I found a great deal of inspiration and good ideas in this book. Dana Sitar writes with an easy-to-follow, conversational tone; A Writer's Bucket List is not only a quick read, but also one I'll come back to several times. It's also worth noting that it's not just *one* book. A Writer's Bucket List came as a pa Definitely add this book to your must-haves list if you're a new or aspiring writer -- or even not so new! I've been writing for most of my life and no longer use the term 'aspiring', and I found a great deal of inspiration and good ideas in this book. Dana Sitar writes with an easy-to-follow, conversational tone; A Writer's Bucket List is not only a quick read, but also one I'll come back to several times. It's also worth noting that it's not just *one* book. A Writer's Bucket List came as a package -- the book itself, and then PDF versions of workbooks that you can use to further your creativity and work on crossing off those bucket list items. Highly recommended for writers -- established and aspiring alike.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Terry Cohoe

    I really enjoyed this book and have already started to incorporate its suggestions into my writing program at home. I was feeling completely stalled and found myself staring at the computer monitor without knowing where to go from here. After reading just the first few pages of Dana's book, I was motivated to jump right in and get things done. Love this book and definitely recommend it to all writers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Valentine

    Dana's book offers new and polished writer-readers fun exercises and funny reflections on a writer's journey. Her checklist is flexible and made for use. You will find something new to try as well as encouragement and inspiration. Through her blog and twitter presence you can join a community of writers traveling the path of words together. It's been amazing to enjoy the ride with her. She lets me edit/preview her books, and they have all been enjoyable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sami Tunji

    This book may not teach you how to write, but it is more likely going to inspire and help you towards achieving more with your writing skills. I happily recommend this book to all aspiring writers. This should be like a writer's bible.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    Nice "all of the above" list of goals for writers. Aimed more at the novice scribe than those of us with more experience, Dana's book still offers a useful reminder to us all why we got into this line of work in the first place.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol Anne

    This was inspiring and yet I think it could have somehow been better. I don't know how it could have been better, I just know it could have been better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Denise D’Antonio

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    Dane Collins

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Dunn

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rasmus Jensen

  17. 5 out of 5

    Phil Bogan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Joss)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leah (White Sky Project)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annabelle Heath

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bettina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn McCloskey

  23. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    What a cute little book. I’ve always felt like I don’t quite fit into any of these categories quite as well as many writers do. Not quite a novelist. Not quite a journalist. Not quite one kind of writer, but a little bit of all of them. Do you ever feel that way? Bit hard to describe but each page looks like this: image: And of course, your bucket list is supposed to inspire you to do ALL the things. 3 stars What a cute little book. I’ve always felt like I don’t quite fit into any of these categories quite as well as many writers do. Not quite a novelist. Not quite a journalist. Not quite one kind of writer, but a little bit of all of them. Do you ever feel that way? Bit hard to describe but each page looks like this: image: And of course, your bucket list is supposed to inspire you to do ALL the things. 3 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Hunter

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Landtroop

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daena Walker

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    Alexa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lindsey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kadena Tate

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