It's Day 24 (secret Day 26), and I'm over 26k, already better than I did last year. However, I don't think I will hit the 50k goal.
This writing process has been messier and less productive, but it's taught me that I can write in a "pants" as well as "plan" style, although my hypothesis that planning works better for me remains supported.
After this month is over, I plan to see if my hypothesis that I needed more research for this project is accurate. I'm not sure how much I will need, but one month of research was clearly not enough. Three months? Perhaps.
I've found that updating my word count is extremely motivating for me. Competing for my personal best compels me. When the word counter ends on Nov. 30, I'll try tracking number of research hours, since hour-tracking is a new option on the WriMo dashboard.
As all the motivational messages sent to my inbox remind me, at the end of the month, I'll have more words written than I did on Nov. 1.