I'll be quick, but wanted to post about a neat little trick I discovered for boosting word count AND keeping your plot on track.
I was writing according to my outline, when suddenly things took an unplanned turn. I began writing a completely different scene that wasn't in the outline and realized if I was going to continue with it, I would end up down a large rabbit trail that would threaten the continuity of my plot.
So I added these 4 simple words and it fixed everything:
"But that's another story."
It enabled me to keep the couple paragraphs of words I had written, therefore upping my word count, and I was able to get back to my original plans for the story. Plus, it leaves that "other story" wide open for an extra short story I can write later on the side, or incorporate some other time. It adds background to the story, gives the appearance of depth, and shows the reader that there's more to the story than is being told.
Anyways, hope that helps! Got any methods about writing or reaching 50k you'd like to share?
(Edit: Word count at the end of Monday is 23,451. I'm on track for 100k!)