The rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t worry about word count when you’re writing your first draft — and it should be even less of a concern in the outlining phase. If you’d like to learn more about that topic, we write extensively about how to outline a novel here.
However, if you’re done with your first draft and you’re shocked by the amount of words in it, it might be time to cut down. Let the words of Truman Capote be your revising mantra: “I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” Grab your scissors and take these tips into account.