I'm wondering if my first draft of my novel is likely to end up longer or shorter after editing. On the one hand, there's things which will make my novel longer: Places where I need to to show rather than tell, places where I need to add some foreshadowing, character reactions, characterisation etc. On the other hand, there's things to remove: Sentences which don't add anything interesting or useful, whole bits of subplot which didn't go anywhere, rambling sentences, crutch words etc. From what editing experience I have, I'm expecting my word count to drop marginally, but I'm not sure for something of novel length. What are other peoples experiences? I can imagine it varies from person to person. The answer might even change as people get more experienced. Still it might be interesting to discuss.