Hello all! I'm Nick. This is my first post here (aside from an entry into the first three sentences thread stickied up top). I've been hesitant to join a writing forum, as I am not particularly confident in my writing at this point. I'm working on my third novel. Never finished any of the others. This one is taking me places, though. When not writing, I find myself constantly back in the world I'm creating. I can't stop myself from wanting to know what happens to FN-528 as he discovers what hides in plain sight in the world he has grown so familiar with. My mind constantly wanders back into the city he occupies. Each time it does, I discover new things about it through his perspective, and I get drawn in further. As it stands, I am at about 410 pages, just under 120,000 words. I figure that, by the time I'm finished telling this particular story within this setting, it will be around 150,000-200,000 words. By my reckoning, this is too long for a near-future dystopian novel. I feel like everything that's there needs to be there, but I also know that I can't write an excessively long novel. Any thoughts? Thank you!