What’s Your Next Chapter? Here’s How You Can Take Your First Step to Live Deliberately

What I enjoy about writing is that there’s a certain deliberateness that comes with crafting a story. You start with a handful of characters, and you make their lives as enjoyable or as challenging as you want them to be. Then, you come up with solutions to improve their lot — help them fall in love, land the job, find the bad guy, have fun, and grow and become better people. (At least that’s what I want for my characters.) 🙂

One day, I wondered, “what if living my life could be more like writing the life of Sidney St. Claire (the fictitious protagonist in my novel — in the editing stages now)?” That concept seemed really cool to me; and I realized that the law of attraction material I had discovered in 2007 was at play here.

So, I started applying the next (or first) step principle to everything I do.

Designing your life is not harder than taking the next, first step.

I've created a closed Facebook Group called Write Your Next Chapter. Message me on FB if you're interested in joining!
I’ve created a closed Facebook Group called Write Your Next Chapter. Click the image to see it. Message me on FB if you’re interested in joining!

For me, the only rule in determining my next step is for me to ask myself, “what would be a fun first step?”

I know, it sounds cheesy, but stay with me here.

There are some things I just know I enjoy doing:

  • meeting up with friends or like-minded people (exchanging my learnings),
  • going out to eat/drink/socialize,
  • staying at home and writing,
  • crafting (like making collages and knitting/crocheting), and
  • reading.

There are more, but those are my Top Five.

So, I try to incorporate one of my fun Top 5 favorite things into my next, first step.

This means, I’m doing at least one of the things I consider fun at least once daily!

Do you deliberately incorporate fun into your day at least once daily? How do you go about writing/crafting “your next chapter”?

It’s Ready!

I can hardly believe I am sharing this in the blogosphere, but I have finished the first draft of my debut novel! The feeling is absolutely incredible, and after years (I kid you not) of telling people that I was working on a novel, I sometimes wondered if I was ever going to have the damn thing written.

Now, I’m in the editing stages, but I have polished the first ten pages, so that they would be ready to submit to agents etc. In the meantime, if you’re interested, I would love to share the sample pages with you, too!

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