2015 Reflections and 2016 Resolutions

(I can’t do everything.)

In 2015 I realized that I can’t do everything. In 2016 I will focus and accomplish the goals that are most important to me:

  • I will work with clients who see value in my services.
  • I will create products that will save me time and benefit my customers.
  • I will finally publish my novel!

What are your goals for this year?

About Michael Doane

Michael Doane is an author, strategist, and #eventprof who’s passionate about education, technology, and alternative publishing. In his spare time he reads, hikes, and writes novels about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.Email him, or find him on Twitter.

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What I Learned While Writing My First Novel

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About two weeks ago I finished my first novel, currently entitled The Worst Form of Violence. I’ve started quite a few novels and I have about a million ideas for others, but I thought this one was something special and I had a lot of encouragement from my fiancé. So I stuck with it and put all my effort into the project.

There were times when it was hard. Weeks where I put it aside, worked on other projects, and tried to put it out of my mind. It never went away. Constantly a burning reminder that I had something big, something important, something dear to me—no matter how much I hated it at the moment—was waiting for me to tend to and grow and spend time with.

So, late last year I decided no more messing around. I made writing my novel a habit…

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