The tldr do what you think is right.
So I get into trouble with this line of thinking, but I really like it. The whole point of the words is the ideas within. Use the knowldge of communication to helo you. Retoric stuffs: The core point to get across, the audience, the tone and emotion of how it's being expressed, The nitty gritty technical details (font, letter sizes, grammar, word choice, ect.), the medium (a book, or a image board post, or a card, or a text, or a phone call, or a face to face talk).
I say that...
So I think there are three core components. I'm probably wrong and there is most likely exceptions. I'm lifting this from a communications course.
In broad there are three sections to consider.
The bridge back and forth
The Audience's combination
Your book is the talk between you and all of the audience.
The audience is normally pitiable. This pic. >>2808
Their points of view can be entirely fucked. I think the job is to bring about their own imagination not to think exactly as you do, but to invoke in themselves their own spark of imagination. So they believe themselves to be genius when you laid it doen for them to think exactly that themselves. It's teaching someone (maybe even manipulation), but with extra steps.
The message and things you convey have to be delivered safe and aound so they can flourish. It's like a virus putting stranda of rna into the cell then the cell starts to accept it as its own.>I hear novels have to be over 50k words long before they can be called novels.
my initial chapters are already over 50k
I might need to trim stuff.
As a piece of advice I'm still trying to pindown is if reading your words themselves even without the idea or meaning behind it is a joy to read. It's a nice goal and some things need this, but to write in such a way to describe it all whether technical, factual, or fictional is simply complex.
The point isn't the words (unless one is scared to write more than a few words at most, then it's imperative this is/was my case) the meaning behind the words. Going up or down. It is not strictly about the technical it's about the meanings.
Ruinning the technical can ruin meanings, or severely damage them.
But it all comes to the core. At least that's my take.
If it takes 10k words to do one basic idea there may be a problem or it's very complex and needs to be compressed (or put into another work).
But there are fundamental ideas, ideas built on those, and those above that, ad infinitum.
Compressing without losing quality is difficult at times.
So it's not about the word length, but the interest over time (which is conveyed by words converted to thoughts).
What happens? Is it interesting? You have to ask yourself that, and of any proofreaders you enlist.
The action interest curve (general heros journey) is fully applicable to everything.