Hi, new here and this is my first post. I am working on a debut novel and I have found it difficult to write without constantly adding new plot points. While this is not always necessarily a bad thing, I feel I may be making it hard to follow and I think I am going to finish with fewer words than I'd planned. The novel was originally intended to be about 45000-50000 words long and it always seems that something is missing from the story. I feel I may only make it to 30000 words at the rate the story is progressing. I've noticed that there is not much internal dialogue from the main character (the story is written in first person) and since the story revolves around action it can be difficult to find space for these moments of reflection. The flow of the story has sped up over time so the number of events coming out of the story is steadily increasing and I worry that this might be overwhelming for the reader. Essentially what I'm trying to say is that it feels a bit like building a wall with only bricks and no mortar. I believe this is problematic on a number of levels. Firstly character development relies on lots of brief events and this makes it difficult to infer what sort of person each one is. Secondly, there won't be as much emotion as there could be and the task of identifying the sort of bond that exists between any two characters is made harder. Has anyone had similar problems? If so, how have you gone about tackling them?