I said in my NaNoWriMo week 4 post yesterday that I would likely be getting to 50,000 in the next couple of days, but actually I got there last night. I had my doubts, since I knew I would need to write 2,324 words at our write-in, and with the write-in only being two hours, I wasn't sure I'd be able to get there. But I did! I stopped at 2,326 words for the day - 50,002 words total for November.
Of course, many of those "words" are not actually words, but time spent revising. I decided to equate an hour of revision time with 1,000 words. I can actually write more words than that in an hour when I'm on a really good streak (as I did last night), but it seems like a nice, easy, round ballpark number, so I've always used it when I've spent NaNoWriMo revising.
And of course, the novel isn't anywhere near done yet. I estimate I am probably about 40 or 50 percent through the story, so I still have a lot to do. I'll get an accurate word count for the existing draft so far once NaNoWriMo is over. I'm anticipating the novel will be somewhere around 90,000 words when finished, which is about right for a novel of that type.
Only three more days left! No pressure on how much word count I have to produce each day, and just three write-ins to go to: one at Barnes & Noble tonight, one at Panera tomorrow, and a "final push" write-in on Thursday at our favorite gaming coffee shop and longtime supporter of the Denver NaNos, Enchanted Grounds.