"The difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline." ~ Dr. Phil
November was National Novel Writing Month. Writers strive for 50,000 words of a novel in those thirty days. My daughter set the goal to complete the word count before Thanksgiving. She finished in 24 days! That's quite an accomplishment, especially considering she has three busy children (age five and under).
If you dream of writing a novel someday, check out the National Novel Writing Month website: NaNoWriMo. Put a timeline on that dream -- make it a goal. Research. Take notes. Be ready to hit the keys in 11 months!