Hello all. I have been writing on and off for probably about 10 years now - mostly as a hobby with no real plans to publish. Lately the urge to pursue a serious writing project and try to get published has become important to me. I am working on a novel, that I am 12 chapters done with writing (first draft) out of a planned 38 or so. The problem is that I did a little research today and it looks like the expectation of sci fi / fantasy fiction is around 120,000 words at the upper end - even though there have been books out there much larger than that. My current MS is already at about 140,000 words and i'm only 30% done with what I have planned in the outline. I'd like to think that Microsoft Word is giving me inflated stats or that the 250 words per page when using Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced might be misleading - but the amount of story I have written down compared to the amount of story I have to tell to finish this seems incongruent with the word count expectations. Assuming I can trim some bits out, I can see it maybe falling into the 250-300k word range. The nature of the story does not lend itself well to being chunked up into multiple books - its not really a plot that advances in distinct stages. At this point I am wondering if I should just go ahead and finish it - writing it out to be as long as the story needs it to be, polish it up, and set it aside until I can get something smaller out there to be published. Is it really that out of whack for a book to come in at the 300k word range? I have seen a lot of posts here and there from writers who say they struggle to hit 80,000 words or 90,000 words... Perhaps I am approaching something from the wrong direction as this seems to me to be a little too short to tell the story I have to tell.