Here's some observations I made of my 1st draft writing progress:
My goal when I started writing Star City was to write 500 words a day and finish with about 100,000 total words. I figured that I should be able to rewrite such a large, messy pile of words into a passable novel. I'm glad I met my goal, with an average daily word count of 575 words.
Peaks & Valleys
You'll notice that there was quite a lot of variation in how much I wrote each day. I was more productive during weekends, and less during workdays when I'm busy at school. Also, note how I started this first draft very slow, as I spent most of the time outlining the novel. By the end of December, I had nearly complete idea of what my novel's plot gonna be, so I was very productive during the last winter break.
My most productive day was February 14th, Valentine's Day, when I light up my keyboard with whopping 2668 words. I'm single and didn't feel like going out, so instead I stayed home and came really close to completing my draft.
Anyways, I hope you find this "behind the scenes" look at the progress of writing a novel's first draft interesting.