I've been thinking about "workflow" a lot this year. It's something I spend a lot of time trying not to think about, because it feels like bringing my day job home with me, but this year I decided I had to bite the bullet and get serious about thinking about workflow because I was getting behind on publishing Curveball, which is published monthly. I mean, I try not to compare myself to guys like Wildbow but when I can't even update monthly it's time to examine what I'm doing and do something else.
I mostly sort of fixed the Curveball thing, I think. But The Points Between still hasn't updated since November, and it really needs to. And I have other projects I want to work on, and there's no way to fit them in, at the moment.
So I thought back to every NaNoWriMo I've ever done to try to figure it out. NaNoWriMo isn't a good way to plan your day-to-day workflow, but it's a great way to figure out when you choke. I have a problem with beginnings, but I gather momentum when I see myself reaching the end of my goal, and usually I get to the point where I can surpass that goal, once it's in sight. Not always, but usually.
Then I thought about my publication period. The Points Between is supposed to update weekly--one chapter a week. Curveball updates monthly--four parts a month, which essentially also works out to one chapter a week, just queued up to come out in one burst.
So that's essentially two chapters (for different stories) a week.
In NaNoWriMo terms, I could do that in three days. At 1667 words per day (minimum), I'd hit 5000 words in three days, or 2500 words per chapter, which is roughly around what I strive for (I prefer to have 2-3K words in a chapter, most of the time, with exceptions). But trying to get the 1667 words in a day can be difficult in between your day job, demanding daughter who wants Daddy to take her to the park every day, wife, dog, etc. More specifically, the difficulty I have is trying to think in a complete arc in one sitting.
So then I thought "what if you don't think in a complete arc?"
Which is how I came up with 400 words a day.
Instead of trying to reach 2500 words in one sitting and watching it take weeks to get there, I'm going to try to hit 400 words in one sitting per project. Once I hit 400 words in one project I switch over to another project (i.e., The Points Between and Curveball) and then I can stop and do whatever I want. Like play video games. Or clean the house. After five days of 400 words I'll have 2000 words per group. If the "momentum hypothesis" I developed during NaNoWriMo holds true I'll actually have more than 400 words a day, so more than 2000 words after days, and anything I manage on the weekend will be cushioning.
I have to focus on finishing up Curveball Issue Ten, because it's getting uncomfortably close to that time, but as soon as it's out the door I'm going to switch to the 400 word plan and see how it works out. Come November I think instead of doing NaNoWriMo I'm going to use the 400 word plan but divide it among 4 projects (1600 words a day total) and call it "NaNoWTF."
 I'm a technical writer 9 to 5. It's a very workflow-oriented job.
 Because he's not human.
 No, I'm just kidding. He's probably human.
 The big jerk.
 He's not really a jerk, he's just astoundingly prolific, which makes me want him to be a jerk.
 Seriously, dude, you're not human.
 OK I'll stop now!
 UNLESS YOU ARE WILDBOW WHO WRITES THAT MUCH IN TEN SECONDS ok seriously I swear I'm going to stop
 Pretty sure "video games" will win that one.