When writing a novel, word count is important. The minimum is 80,000 words. Length is not counted in pages or chapters. Right now, Death and Pain is just over 20,000, which means I’m a quarter of the way through. That’s for a short novel. That’s for the finished novel after editing. A general recommendation is to take out 10% of the words on the first edit, which means if you have 80,000, then take out 10%, you end up with only 72,000. So, my goal is at least 90,000 words, take out 10%, and end up with 81,000. So, I’m just under 1/4 of the way there. So, my goal of doing the first edit in January is probably too soon. But, I’ll keep going. This is a story that needs to be told and when pitching the hook to other authors, they’re interested. Now to make the story as compelling as the hook.