Just over 16.5 thousand and plodding on.
I wrote the first 3 chapters then went over them yesterday to add in more plot points and character details.
I want this 1st draft to be readable and really seem like the beginning of a good story.
Now I shall move on with the action.
One thing I'm really enjoying this time is that my characters seem to be writing their own dialogue without much help from me.
I do have an outline and some notion of an ending, but I'm starting to think that my lead characters are going to tell their story, not my idea of what their story should be. I'm pleased about that.