The progress I've made on my novel, which I'll refer to as TCON, has so far been slow, a lot slower than I'd have liked, but I am moving along on it... slowly. So slowly in fact that I began wondering how you estimate how long a story will be when it's finished. I asked a few of my fellow writers that question and pretty much got the answer "you just sort-of... know".
No, sorry, I don't know, but I intend to figure it out.
So I started thinking about how to extimate that. In my case, I used the number of words in my manuscript and tried to make a comparison with how far I'd gotten into the outline (my outlines look like treatments). What I came up with for a total word count was mind-boggling 150,000 plus! Of course, when you consider the lengths of novels being printed these days it's not as staggering a notion as I'd originally imagined.
With edits no doubt it'll weigh in somewhat thinner, which is fine.
I'm going to set aside a small part of my site to track my progress on TCON, and we'll see how it goes.