I was taking a look at my story today and I realized that I'd just barely managed to get to that magical point where the story takes off. I was out of the dregs of the beginning. Not that I felt my beginning couldn't hook readers, but the conflict was just now beginning to catch some real fire, the plot was beginning to accelerate, etc. My point is, Bilbo has left Bag-End. Harry is off to Hogwarts. Arthur Dent is on the Heart of Gold. So why am I bothering to post this? I looked at my word count... 22500! What do I do? I'm over a fifth of the way through my target word count, and all I've done is set the stage. My nature is telling me to go back now and chop it immediately. On the other hand, I always get so caught up in fixing things early on that I never finish my projects. Should I just keep going for now and put it on the chopping block on my rewrite, or should I fix it sooner so that I can maintain focus on my word count target?