A few weeks ago, I got to the halfway point in Straight Razor, the second novel in the Central Division Series franchise. When I later examined my current word count at that point, I was around the 25,000 word mark.
And the goal for this book was between 70-75,000.
Not quite halfway, in my book--and I was fairly good in math, in my late high school years.
I then realized I introduced a lot of leads (AKA red herrings) that would lead the investigative team of Simon Templeton and Kolin Raynes, of the Minneapolis PD Violent Crime Unit (VCU), but forgot to add them into the story.
*insert head slap*
My progress has slowed some, as I examined what should be written in and where. I truly believe the story will be stronger because of it.
And a hell of a lot more interesting.