Goals should be realistic for who you are as a writer. Your prose is your fingerprint. It cannot be compared to someone elses, so why compare or compete with another author’s daily word count?
Well, if you’re like me it challenges you, but here’s the rub. Adding a challenge to the already daunting task of finishing a novel is sort of like scooping water into your row-boat. It sort of defeats the purpose and eventually you’ll sink.
I set goals that I know I can meet. They don’t always compare with other authors. In fact, they rarely do, but you know what? I’m not trying to be other authors. I’m trying to be me, and me wants to finish a book without neglecting family, friends and the occasional DVR date. LOL.
Does that mean I’m not taking myself seriously?
It means I’m balancing myself.
I only wish “balancing myself” didn’t have to include counting calories or going to the gym. *sigh* 🙂