I have just completed the main writing stage for my novel Shining Path. By that I mean that no more "write more material here" markers remain in my manuscript. All the material that I think needs to be included is now written, in at least draft form. Much of it has in fact been edited to near-final form. I do not really have a complete first draft yet, because I still have to put the chapters in order and fill in a lot of names and dates. But this is, nonetheless, a major milestone and cause for celebration. The next step will be to print it all out for the first time, and figure out the order of chapters.
The manuscript as it currently stands is 411 pages in standard manuscript form, corresponding to 102,750 words the way publishers normally count. The actual word count (measured by really counting words instead of pages, with each numeral counting as one word and hyphenated compounds counting as the number of hyphens) is 95,702. When complete this will be the third novel I've completed, but it's the first one I consider professional quality. I've been working on it since 2003, though only intensely for the last couple of years.