It's unhealthy in some ways, and needs a writing regime to make it acceptable to others.
At this point the fear is not that I won't get to 50,000 words, or that they will make any sense, or be interesting to others. More to the point is not wrapping it all up too quickly, nor cliff-hanging all the way.
Suddenly you only have 8000 words to tie up all the loose ends, wrap up the various stories, decide whether to have a happy ending, or a twist in the tale, and so on.
I realise other people are approaching 100K right now, having used the 50K marker simply as a motivator, but creating a full length novel. That might be easier if you don't have a job, I guess. Others have fallen by the wayside by now - it happens every year, although I don't know the percentages. Some are behind, but can still thrash their way to the line. The metaphor of the marathon run still plays.
I use The Tortoise Tactic. Which might make a better title than the one I have. These sort of conspiracy thrillers almost all use the same pattern, a three word title, along the lines of:
- famous place or person, or mythical place or person
- teaser word
e.g. The Atlantis Code, The Mozart Conspiracy, The Gaudi Key, etc. Ahem, yes The DaVinci Code.