I'm working on a novel. It's the first time I've tried writing anything like this so I don't have much experience. I've reached a milestone of sorts. All the major elements of my plot are in place and all my characters have been introduced and developed, more or less. For the first time the story reads complete from beginning to end, although it is very choppy in some places. The entire piece is currently about 60,000 words. I have no idea if this is long, short, or "about right." I understand there is a lot of variation but I feel at a lose to assess the overall length of what I have. There are still some holes in the plot that need plugging and some development that needs doing. On the other hand there are significant sections that I know I'm going to slash. I'm not sure what the first draft will look like when I'm done, but it could be similar in size, I suppose.