In other news, I've been advised by a reliable source that the average length of first novels in my genre is usually 75,000-85,000 words. With this in mind, I've decided to lower my target word count from 95,000 words to 80,000 words. I might still write more than that, but that's my new target. I've known from the start that I would need a new sub-plot to ever make it to 95,000 words--now I don't have to manufacture something new just to hit a length requirement, so I'm happy about that. I think the novel will be plenty complex and yet still fast-paced at the length I'm currently shooting for.
21,837 / 80,000 (27.3%)