Present word count: 12,683
I've come to realize that this first draft is unlikely to be 30,000 words. And that's okay. It's flowing nicely, and I've completed the first 11 chapters, out of 23 chapters total. Today and tomorrow I'm going back to the drawing board, fleshing out the next bunch of chapters with notes so I can get a better writing flow going.
I did a great job outlining this novella, which has really helped me move my word count along. However, as I've written some parts of the book have morphed (that's the fun part!) so I need to refresh my outline.
Lots of writers disagree with outlining. I can't help it; my thoughts go in circles until I get main ideas on the page, and outline form works great for me. Then I'm also able to write much faster, because I know where I'm headed. I even take a look at scenes I plan to write in the morning the night before, to let my brain stew on them while I sleep. Always multi-tasking. :)