Observation the first: Writing 50,000 words in a month is hard.
(Corollary the first: Made harder if you have a full time job and family…)
Observation the second: Breaking the task down into 1,000 word bites makes it much easier
(After just a week of this, I found I could tear through one thousand words fairly easily, withing thirty to forty minutes. And I didn’t have to resort to characters reading slabs of the dictionary.)
Observation the third: 50,000 words eats ideas like a super massive black hole.
(My dad has recently been getting strange phone calls from me picking his brain for stories from the abattoir and what sort of gun you’d take to go spotlighting for rabbits.)
Observation the fourth: Instead of 50,000 words, write fifty thousand words. It’s more words.
Right now I’m 26,000 or so and have about 9 days to go. I feel some late nights coming on.