Like so many other writers, I struggle to find time I can dedicate to writing. As much as I love writing, there are so many responsibilities I have to take care of (family, work, etc.). I get so discouraged sometime because it feels like I never get to write anymore, and then I feel guilty for wishing I could drop everything else and just write for a while (incidentally, go visit Shallee McArthur's blog and read her post on guilt). I've heard professional writers talk about how they write three or four chapters a week, or even one chapter every day and I can't even imagine what that must be like (this doesn't actually make me feel bad because I understand that is their job...my job is technical writing and editing).
However, hearing what those writers do actually gave me an idea: set writing goals! I figure if I set a goal to write so many chapters/pages in a month, I can more easily schedule writing time, make some good progress on my various WIPs, and not feel bad about the time I'm taking to write! So, I figured I'd start with something fairly easy (if it works out well, I can try and up the quota later) and settled on a goal or writing two chapters every month. If I can plot and write two chapters a month, I can conceivably finish a whole novel in a year or even sooner! (as opposed to the five years it took me to finish the first one).
Anyway, what do you all think? Do you set goals for yourselves? How do you reach them?