Okey-dokey pokey, onward to the setting of writing goals.
One thing you need to remember is that goals change, goals evolve, so don't feel frustrated or upset if you didn't meet your original goals. Adjust your goals as your writing needs change.
A year ago, I was at a writing retreat with Deb Dixon-yes, THAT Deb Dixon, the Queen of GMC, Goal, Motivation and Conflict-and she pointed out that your character doesn't necessarily have to have the same goal by the end of the story as the character did at the beginning of the story. It's okay for them to change goals. Therefore, I feel the same way about writing goals.
This is your yearly goals list, not anyone else's goals so don't get nit-picky.
For example, I wouldn't do this:
--write every day
I hate it when writers put this down as a yearly goal as it's unrealistic, life tends to get in the way so I use this sort of goal in a week-by-week basis or as a 100-words a day challenge. I can look at my weekly calendar and figure out what a realistic goal is for that week. I can add or delete the amount accordingly. In the summer months my kiddo is out of school, and if I get any writing accomplished then that's just icing. But I do know that I can edit. For me, I need quiet, uninterrupted time to write, but I can take innumerable interruptions while editing. It's what works for me--go figure.
So, here is an example of my writing goals. The dashes (--) are really bullet points since I can't seem to make them work on the blog.
--Send partial of Demon Spawn to DD at BelleBridgeBooks (Jan.)--Done 1/24/09--dumped it and started over--decided to write younger
--Finish @#$%^& manuscript (Yes, I cursed on my yearly goal list), Demon Spawn, including synopsis & query--NOPE
--Broadly plot UF 7-book series idea (Demon Manifesto)--NOPE
--Write a few Peter stories (easy readers) and pimp the ones already written--1 DONE
Farther down the list were new goals that I accomplished:
--Wrote middle grade story--Missing: One Garden Gnome 5/29/09 (date finished) 47000 words--query written 7/15, synopsis written 7/16, submitted to Delacorte Yearling contest 6/30/09
--Wrote chapter book story, The Faerie Who Lost His Wings 5/13/09 --1742 words
--Started writing The Fast and The Faerieous--MG novel
And, of course, there were a few false starts on a couple of paranormal suspense's that I didn't include on this list.
So I didn't end up finishing the goal that I had in January, but that's okay because I revised my list according to where I was with my writing.
I know writers who simply put: Write X number of books. And that's okay as it is a goal that works for them. I like a little more detail in my goals.
I have one more goal oriented post before I start working on my list for 2010. I hope you'll join me, but until then . . .