A couple of days ago, I took an estimate of how large my WIP would be once completed. I had 33 chapters, and had the assumption that each chapter would be 3000 words long exactly (of course, the chapters would end up being larger than the assumption, but for the estimate, it would do). So I did the calculations, and came up with 102,000 words. Yikes!
Since then, I’ve been examining my WIP, looking for any chapter that can go. So far, I’ve managed to cut four chapters, which brings the estimate down to 87,000. A shame, because that meant cutting a scene I really liked. I tried to find a way for it to be needed, but, nope. I can’t use it even if I wanted to because of a few changes I made to the overall plot to fix up where the taken out chapters are.
What about you? What are your estimates for you WIP? Have you had to do this?