A really not so odd thing about writing is that it's never done the same way twice. So the advice we get really comes down to different flavors of the pie. It's still pie, but the filling of choice is up for debate.
As far as progress goes with the current story, I've been struggling lately. However I am committed and in the past week I've renewed my progress and I'm back in the 1100+ word count. I'm hoping to make that 1300 to 1500 daily by the end of next week.