I am such a fan of targets. For a long time I used this style, focusing on weekly targets for completed stories and poems, and submission:
completed words completed poems stories subbed poems subbed
Week 1 5K 1 5 2
A few months ago I switched to hourly targets, counting the number of hours I spend writing each day and not bothering with word count. I thought that by abandoning this soulless production would improve quality. And I'd rather write one wonderful story than four mediocre ones.
The first month went deceptively well. But here I am, four months down the line. My production has halved. I have written no new poems for months and I can see no improvement in quality. So I'm switching back.
A writing friend has just tweeted me asking what went wrong. I'm not quite sure. I guess that an hourly target allowed me to indulge my preference of starting new stories without completing the old ones. I guess I didn't write any poems because there's always so many new stories I want to write.
I was hoping for an improvement story quality, though. I guess I'm not the best judge, but the stories look pretty much the same to me.
I was going to post moaning about how I can never seem to improve my ways of working. But no! It's good that I know what works for me.
Do you use targets? What works for you? Have you ever tried to improve your production and failed?