Even though it isn’t super practical to measure progress by word count, it’s still pretty satisfying to check it occasionally. Last I checked, at the beginning of December, it was at about 57,000.
I’m definitely an underwriter. I tend to skimp on setting and background in my early drafts, unlike a lot of writers who get absolutely lost in the world building aspect of the process. I’m a bit jealous of these people, but it means that my editing process involves adding a lot of new content rather than mostly deleting the dead-weight, although there’s a lot of that as well. It’s all new to me, still, so I’m learning a lot about the process as I go.