I'm going to be discussing writing-related quotes and words of advice this year. I thought I'd start with some quotes about goals, since we're all working on goal-setting for the year.
Today's quote is from Andrew Wood: "Where many people go wrong in trying to reach their goals is in constantly looking for the big hit, the home run, the magic answer that suddenly transforms their dreams into reality. The problem is that the big hit never comes without a great deal of little hits first. Success in most things comes not from some gigantic stroke of fate, but from simple, incremental progress."
This is a good quote for me, because I need to work on setting concrete, achievable, SMALL goals. I tend to think of my overall goal ("finish the book") instead of setting small goals ("write two pages today"). I end up getting frustrated when life (inevitably) gets in the way.
My goal this year is to set small, incremental goals that will build over the course of the year. This month, I will write 1000 words per day (about four pages). That's it. No fancy overall goals, no kicking myself if I fall short. Just sit down and write 1000 words. If I don't succeed one day, then start over again the next day and try to write 1000 words.
If I do this, by the end of the year I'll have completed several books.
Do you set goals for yourself? If you do, how do you do it? Do you do it yearly, weekly, or at other times? How do you keep on track toward achieving your goals, and what do you do when you run into roadblocks on the way to your goals?