When I started writing, I obsessed over word count. I panicked when chapters were too long and banned myself from moving forward until they were trimmed to a manageable size. I worry about not having the 'room' to complete my story. At times, I even catch myself going into earlier chapters and compulsively deleting, just so I feel better about my length (Thankfully, I save the original so when I come to my senses, no permanent damage has been created).
I can't say I've cured my obsession, but I'm better than I used to be. I still run a word count for each chapter and keep a cumulative total for the manuscript. But, I also understand everything at this stage is tentative. I anticipate cutting a good 30,000 words in revisions, which will put my manuscript in the average range for a YA Contemporary.
How does your word count change during the revision process? Do you find yourself doing more adding or subtracting?