Posting about work progress makes me a little nervous, because I fear I will jinx myself. But I'm now writing that essay I wanted to finish this summer, and in 4 days I've reached 2550 words. If I can keep producing at least 500 words a day, every day, I will have a full rough draft before classes start, and then I can edit and polish in daily sessions after teaching begins.
In fact, at the moment, I'm a little worried that the essay will keep growing at an excessive rate and turn into a monograph. That would not be the worst thing that could happen, obviously, though it would take longer to finish.
I'm telling myself to just keep doing the 500-600 words a day and we'll see what that produces by mid-August. If I hit 10,000 words and there's no end in sight, then that's one thing; but if at 10,000 words there's only one section left to write, then I'll just have to do some slashing and burning when I reach the editing stage.
I love getting the writing done. And I'm glad I took all the time to outline and take notes, because that's what makes it possible to pour out all these words.