“Choices are the hinges of destiny.”

~~ Attributed to both Edwin Markham   and Pythagoras

Writing fiction, like life, is about making decisions. But before putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard, there’s a universe of possibilities. After defining what possibilities you’re working with in 2012, you have some choices to make.

This is a “tumbling down” effect. First you have your dream. You explore your possibilities. You make decisions based on your possibilities.

Many writers might next ask: How do I know which choices are the “right” ones for me? Instead of thinking in “right” and “wrong,” take a peek at what your intuition and muse are saying to you. Ask yourself: What possibilities am I most drawn to? You don’t have to be concerned about asking or answering WHY. Listen deep inside yourself and stay with the possibilities that you’re passionate about, ones that you can’t leave behind.

“The doors we open and close each day   decide the lives we live.”

~~ Flora Whittemore

Try using some of the tools you use to create stories in making choices about your possibilities. Explore each possibility as you would a story idea. What makes this an exciting or challenging possibility for you to work on during 2012?

What would your possibility look like if you created a storyboard or visual collage?

Think about what each possibility GIVES you. What does each TAKE from you?

Journal about each possibility and envision yourself in December 2012. Where has that possibility taken you and what have you done with it?

Brainstorm either alone or with friends, family, or your writing group. As the ideas and suggestions fly, what possibility or possibilities connect with you?

“Follow   your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”

~~   Oprah Winfrey

You learn from each choice you make, no matter if, looking back, it might have not been the smartest one you could have made.

Trust your intuition.

Follow and pick the possibilities that you find challenging. Ones that will fire your spirit and light your mind.

The possibilities that appeal to you, that you are drawn to, that your muse is pushing you toward are the “right” one at this time and place.

You only have to make a choice.

“In any moment of decision the   best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong   thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

~~ Theodore Roosevelt

CHALLENGE: Prioritize your list of possibilities. What’s the number one and two items that you want to achieve or begin to achieve in 2012? How did you come to these choices?