Footnotes are tedious. Revisions are more difficult. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to have a working draft. Thankfully, I have one for every chapter. But saying more with fewer words? Making ideas clear, arguments compelling, and stories faithful? Now that’s hard work.
Sometimes the only way to see the big ideas is to spread a chapter out on the floor. Tomorrow’s task is to cut another nine pages from chapter two. I’m hoping and praying for a clear mind to re-vision.