I have written a couple novels, which are unpublished but I really wanted to focus on a new set and do something more official. Eventually I will redo, cleanup the older novels I wrote (they were written years ago). I have my basic outline of where it starts, where it is going to go and how it ends. I have most of the timeline mapped out and it was going to be a trilogy of three novels. It is a urban fantasy, set in modern times supernatural world with fae, vampires, magic and shapechangers. Book 1 was focused around one of the main characters Madeline as she get sucked into this world and learns to survive. Book 2 around Leviticus and his past. Book 3 about both of them together. My goal was write up to chapter ten and then go through, edit and clean it up. When I started to go through to edit the first set, I noticed my chapters are bigger than most chapters. With the prologue, chapters one through ten I'm at about 79221 words. Prologue, (1912 words) Chapter One: Not Helpless, (2289 words) Chapter Two: The Perfect Answer, (9278 words) Chapter Three: Where the Past Belongs, (6157 words) Chapter Four: Smoke and Mirrors, (8941 words) Chapter Five: For Your Entertainment, (6826 words) Chapter Six: Lotus Blossom, (9177 words) Chapter Seven: A Trick of the Light, (8823 words) Chapter Eight: Sugar and Spice, (9036 words) Chapter Nine: All the Things That I Need, (7775 words) Chapter Ten: The Katana, (9007 words) I've read and been told that usually a novel should aim to be 100,000 words, probably not to exceed 115,000 words for this type of genre. I have about 6-8 more chapters realistically to wrap up Book 1 to complete it. At my current rate, I'll probably end up going over. Is this too much? How do you determine when a chapter should being and end? How do you determine what to cut as excessive?