When I began writing the re-envisioned version of Muse, I expected it to be at least as long as my first novel, perhaps even longer, given the paranormal element. I realized as I approached the resolution that I couldn't have been more wrong. So, I altered my word count goal, from 75,000 to only 60,000. The first draft hasn't even reached that mark. On the plus side, however, it is done!
Despite being significantly shorter than expected and with everything else that has been doing on, this draft still took longer than I had hoped to write. Particularly in the face of the recent rejections of my first novel, finishing the draft of this one is exhilarating, even knowing the inevitable revisions (and rejections) that await it.
On a side note, through this process I am now more convinced than ever that it is the story that should define its word count, rather than the attempts of the author to match any kinds of standards. Technically, as it stands, this book is a novella. And that's okay.