By attainable goals, I mean exactly what it sounds like. If you have always wanted to write a novel but work an 8-10 hour day then you will have to figure out a routine that fits you. This can be difficult, because you may set your standards too high, too fast. By being over zealous with your ambition, you could end up sinking your project before you begin. If you plan on writing 3,000 words a day, and end up writing 1,000 every two, you may give up on your project entirely. It can be very deflating to not reach your goals.
I titled this short piece "Chunks At A Time" because that is how you should look at your novel. Instead of trying to tackle an entire manuscript every time you step up to the plate, aim for an attainable goal and build on that momentum. Examples could be five writing periods a day of 100 words (500 total). Another could be waking up and falling asleep to 300 words (600 total). Slowly, but surely your novel will start to take shape. And like a workout routine, it will not take you long to see results. By the end of the month your novel will already have developed muscles that can either be further bulked or defined.
In short, it's important to set writing goals that fit your lifestyle because the more successful you are with your short term goals, the more likely you are to accomplish your long term ones. I will end this piece with one last bit of advice. Always end your writing while you still have more to say. When I finish a writing period I always summarize my next writing segment in parenthesis. That way when I return to my word document I know exactly what I am going to write about.
Thank you for reading