I’m finding it more difficult that I thought to cut stuff out. I’m doing it, but it’s tough. I’m having thoughts of expanding the length of the final draft from my original idea of 325 pages to around, say, 400 pages. There’s still a lot of work to do in the construction of the outline, so my ideas will keep changing as I go through it. Certain ideas keep returning, each time with greater clarity. But they don’t stick around. They’re like waves coming in and then retreating. The general trend seems to be that of a rising tide.
Speaking of which…I’ve decided that in between the end of this work period (construction of the outline and the completion of the second draft) and the next work period (writing the final draft), I need to take a substantial break. A month or two. My mind is tired, and I want to come into the last draft fresh. I expect to finish the current period of work around the end of this year or the earliest part of the next. Then I’m thinking I should spend a week or so in Hawaii. Probably in February. I have enough airline miles to get a ticket. I want to relax, not have to talk with anybody, and swim. I’ve never been there, so I’ve been reading about the place. But I can’t figure out where I should go. Does anybody have any specific suggestions?