I have set the target at 80,000 words for the first draft as this is what I did with Book 1. I ended up falling just short of 80,000 but made up for it in the second draft.
At the moment, it no longer feels like I'm pulling teeth to get the words on the screen but I know there will be times when it reverts back to that feeling. I'm finding it a huge help that I have the scenes already plotted in front of me so even if I am a bit stuck, I at least know what is supposed to be happening (even if I can't find the words to make it sound right!)
I don't feel as connected to my characters yet as I did with Book 1 but that's to be expected. I spent months with Kate and co, getting to know them and their traits. I sort of knew them in the beginning but it wasn't until the end that they were fully formed in my head and I could flesh them out and iron out any inconsistencies in the second draft. I'm hoping it will be the same this time round.
As well as writing Book 2 I am also writing a short story, which I will post on here on Valentine's Day.