Day #20 and I have hit the 80% mark: my word count right now is 40,135 . If I wanted to coast to the 50,000 word finish line, I only have to do about 987 words a day to get there. I don't think I will do that, however. I am holding on to my excitement about where the story is going and want to keep the momentum going.
An interesting thing has happened in my process. Because I was able to get back to some excitement about the story and curiosity about the outcome, I am using that as a guide. When I feel myself getting bored, I know I have to do something to move it along. If I am bored, I'm pretty certain a reader would be bored and that the story is lacking something or I'm getting bogged down in a space I don't want to be in or that what I'm writing unnecessary - boredom = a change is needed.