I don’t remember now how I came across author Dana Sitar’s blog DIY Writing, but I found myself there and started reading about how she upped and went away without any solid plan and became a freelance writer. I really liked her blog and when I read about A Writer’s Bucket List, I jumped at the chance to be one of the advanced reviewers.
Reading this book was perfect timing for me. It really put things in perspective. Like what I said in my new year post, when I decided to do the freelance writing thing full time, I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of writer or freelancer I wanted to be. Did I want to focus on article or blog writing? Copywriting? Book reviewing? Editing and proofreading? Or did I want to be in author PR and marketing? Did I want to be a novelist? This book helped me realize that maybe I didn’t have to label myself as one thing.
A Writer’s Bucket List is easy to read, simple, logical, and practical. It’s a great starting point for new freelance writers and it’s a nice reminder for those who have been writing for a long time. The book gave me ideas on what to keep doing, what to stop doing, and what else to do. Most of the items on the list are things that I already have on the theoretical bucket list in my head, but there were some that I didn’t think of yet (and are now added on my list!).
Here’s a short portion from the Introduction which really appealed to me:
Or, maybe you have one of a myriad other tics that makes you so uniquely you. How do you find the right path when the ones others are taking don’t seem to fit?
Over a lifetime of dabbling that has propelled me from being an avid reader of fiction to a prolific creative writer to a leader in non-profits to a blogger to a freelance journalist… I always thought I had to keep trying things to figure out which one was Just Right for me. Faced with a giant intersection of interests, I realized they’re all right. Or,maybe none are right — the point is, I can do whatever I want.
There’s more to the dream of being a writer than the Great American Novel.
Inspired by my favorite bloggers and writers, I’ve accepted my multipassionate writing career as the Real Thing, not the inevitable means to a more traditional end. I’m a blogger. I’m a freelance journalist. I’m a creative writer. I’m an indie publisher. I’m a copywriter. I’m an editor.
I am a DIY Writer — self-defined, self-driven, determined, and willing to try it all.
Whether you’re a new writer or a seasoned writer, I think you might really take away something from this book.
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely mine.
About the Book
A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket is an inspirational and educational ebook for writers at all levels of their careers. The book is a launching point for all of 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 writers forge their own unique career/life paths.
About the Author
Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing (danasitar.com). She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.
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