I’m having a hard time believing I can finish this novel in just 50,000 words. I just finished my first chapter and it was over 3k. I could probably make two chapters out of it if I must, but the story is still just getting going. My character will be on the spaceship by the end of the next chapter (probably 2k words or so) and the ship will begin its 50 year voyage at the beginning of the third. The novel will end before that, leaving lots of sequel room.
Anyway, I took the time to do some more writing tonight. I had to do it, studying be damned. I’ll make up for it tomorrow.
3000 words per chapter puts it around 16-17 chapters. Maybe that’ll work. I just need to keep the words coming to figure out how long this thing will be.