Days elapsed so far: 20 of 30 - the validation page was supposed to open today, but it's down for now. I'll get to that when it comes back up.
NaNoWriMo Goal: 50,000 words.
Current total: ca. 50,459 words - I've done it! Woo-hoo!
Average productivity: 2,522.95 words/day. I've improved...
Time to reach 50K words at this pace: 20 days. Actually, this part of it is rather moot, at this point.
Number of chapters plotted: 22.
Current average words per chapter: ca. 8,400, with considerable variation.
Estimated final length of story: 185,000 words. Help... The monster's growing...
Necessary pace to complete story by Nov. 30th: ca. 13,456 words per day. *Whining voice* Help!
Okay, I'll admit it looks rather daunting. I still have reason to be hopeful, though, and I'm going to give it everything I've got. I have reason to believe that several of the upcoming chapters won't be quite the monsters that have come before... Chapters 3 and 6 together netted me about 70% of the NaNoWriMo goal. With any luck, most of the remaining ones won't be anywhere near that long; I normally aim for three to five thousand words a chapter. I know I have at least two more long chapters in the remaining ones, but the rest should bring the average back down a little.
And before anyone asks (publicly, anyway), yes, I do plan to finish it, even if it takes me beyond the end of the month. In fact, I not only plan to finish this one, I plan to finish the following one as well, covering Harry's seventh and final year at Hogwarts. Whether it goes beyond that... I don't know. I have no plans to, and the plotline looks pretty complete from here. But... well, let's just say, I have experience in dealing with my Muse. She can act up cranky, on occasion, and it doesn't pay me to fight her.
In any case, once it's done and polished, I plan to put the whole thing up on my website, as I've said before. I like to think it's shaping up to be quite a good little story - perhaps even worthy of the legacy J.K. Rowling has established. Once I get it done, I'll post a link, and you can tell me what you think.