Danielle Hanna

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My Outline for 2015

file4591291436469The word “resolution” is usually synonymous with “failure.” So I’m not doing New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I’m doing an outline.

Outlines are a big deal in the world of authors. Some of us never write a book without first jotting down at least a list of events. (And others are deathly allergic to ’em.) The trick to a successful outline is not sticking to it religiously, but knowing when to deviate from the course you laid out. Sometimes, the story just calls you elsewhere, and you have to go with it.

So that’s what I’m doing for 2015. An outline.

Actually, I’m doing two of them. One professional (more commonly known as a “business plan”), one personal. In brief, this is what they look like:


  • Publish 2 novels (Mailboat and a sequel)
  • Maybe line up some workshops and speaking engagements based on my book Journaling to Become a Better Writer
  • Hire a virtual assistant to help with book promo and general administrative muck


  • Get better at time management so I can …
  • Get out of bed in the mornings 😛 …
  • Walk my dog Molly every day …
  • Go camping more often …
  • Take up cross-country skiiing or snowshoeing or kayaking … or all three
  • Visit family out-of-state

How about you? Do you have an outline for your upcoming year?

A Note to My Friends from Embark on Adventure

IMAG0039 - Copy (3) (640x640)Hey, guys! I hope you found your way over here. It really broke my heart to end the outdoors blog. The good news is, writing is keeping me really busy! As promised, Molly the Adventure Dog and Juliean the Superior Cat will continue to check in here at my author blog and keep you updated on our adventures in the Great Outdoors. We can’t wait for more adventures in 2015! Thanks for being awesome!


  1. Good luck accomplishing your 2015 goals!
    Yes, I have an outline, too ; the biggest two things being to translate and publish one of my books as e-book – and to live a well balanced life! 🙂 I love cross country skiing! Schedule it and you’ll make it! <3

    • Good luck with the ebook, A.J.! The snow’s been off-and-on this winter. We’ve got lovely powder right now, but wouldn’t ya know, I did something to my foot and have to stay off it. LOL. That’s just the way my life goes. 🙂

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