Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 11.27.14 AMIt’s been 10 years since the literary world lost one of its greatest writers, Octavia E. Butler.

After Butler passed away in 2006, the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, inherited Butler’s archives, and the collection which includes “8,000 individually cataloged items and more than 80 boxes of additional items,” are now being made public The collection includes notes and drafts of books.

But one interesting piece of the collection is a goal list Butler wrote to herself in 1988:

Butler wrote:

“I shall be a bestselling writer… each of my books will be on the bestseller lists of LAT, NYT, PW, WP, etc. My novels will go onto above lists whether publishers push them hard or not.”

Although writing goals isn’t something a lot of people enjoy doing, especially if they can’t seem to hold themselves accountable for them, it seems as though Butler spoke (or wrote) her goals into existence.


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  • OSHH

    I just wrote out a list being inspired by Octavia’s, God bless her soul!!!

  • Me

    Definitely inspirational! I want to hang it up on my wall, on my cubicle, and in my future kids’ rooms.

  • She was a visionary. She inspired women all around the world to not only dream about a better, more pristine future, but to use actions in fulfilling their dreams magnificently. Part of life is to plan, to inspire, and to grow emotionally and socially. Octavia Butler’s legacy is set in stone. Her prose has eloquence, crisp creativity, and dynamic syntax. Her words have power and her soul is eternal. We know ourselves better when we learn about the gifts of others.

    • Mary Burrell

      Eloquent post Brother Truth.

    • Thank you Sister Mary Burrell.

  • Mary Burrell

    Well she had a vision and she wrote it all down and it manifested into existence.

  • Vanessa Dawson

    I’ve been trying to write down goals just for the day; it helps me stay on track.