Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Discover & Accomplish Your Writer's Adventure List

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Our writing careers are met with victories, successes, challenges, rejections, and lots of writing time in between. One way to stay encouraged and focused is to create a Writer’s Adventure List, those things that are personal, achievable, and unique to every writer. 

Writers are motivated to begin their careers—

  • To create a story that others will enjoy
  • To make extra money to supplement their income
  • To fulfill a spiritual calling 
  • To satisfy a curiosity
  • To compete with what they feel can be improved on what is being published
  • To use writing as a springboard to achieve other successes

The above reasons to write are noble and worth the hours of hard work, but a Writer’s Adventure List makes the process personal.

What kind of items thrill you as a writer? These are specific hopes and dreams—
  • To see your name and book title on a New York Times Bestselling List
  • To learn your book has been nominated for a highly coveted award
  • To discover your book will be made into a movie
  • To use the proceeds to fund a charity
  • To plan a vacation for yourself and/or loved ones that might not otherwise be affordable
  • To teach writing at conferences
  • To experience the admiration of others who treasure your writing
  • To feel your career has impacted others for good

How does a writer discover those personal gems that make for an incredible adventure?
  1. List those aspirations that could only be achieved by a successful writer. *Note success is defined by the writer.
  2. List the special, personal, thoughts that make you smile when you think about your writing life.
  3. List the items from above that make your Writing Bucket worth the work and sacrifices needed to achieve a goal.

What about you? Do you have special hopes and aspirations for a writing adventure?


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 

She is the former director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Connect here:

1 comment:

  1. Writing is a career that covers a variety of benefits for the author and reader. I think the blessing of being a Christian writer can't be measured. We can affect people's lives for years to come when we pen messages inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thanks for this inspiration, DiAnn!