I did it!
I actually hit 50111 words last night, but didn’t have a chance to validate until today. I’ve discovered that the PC version of Scrivener doesn’t offer a NaNo-specific compile option, so it included all the chapter headings, and as a result the NaNoWriMo site has validated my word count at 50252. Not a huge problem as I still have 3 writing days left (including today), and will continue updating my word count.
I’m planning a full post on how my final week panned out for the 30th, but I do feel the need to credit @NaNoWordSprints for keeping me motivated over the past few weeks, and my family for leaving me alone to get this done.
If you’re yet to hit the magic 50000, then I wish you the best of luck over the next few days – may they be interruption-free, and full of inspiration!