My false starts last week left me with a bunch of words that probably belonged in the novel but not where I’d tried to put them. The past three days I’ve been working on integrating some of them into the next chapter and moving the rest out of the manuscript. The result is that I’ve made some forward progress, but without much in the way of net new words. So, with word counts of 200, 300, and 600, my moving average has slipped under 500. Still, I’m making forward progress. In fact, I hit 15,000 words, which is one-quarter of my estimated final length, and I hit it with a neat transition in the story–after having been on the move so far, the characters have finally reached a place they’re going to be for a while.