characters in my novel have lived with me so long, I miss them. But
they’ll have to stay away for a while, so I gain the objectivity I need,
get ahold of a pair of shears and start cutting and shaping. They have
had their own way in the first draft, changed their own story (the draft
has deviated from the outline in every chapter), but the characters now
have to be made consistent, their voices sharpened. I might have to figure out what gaping plot holes I’ve left behind, where the pace lags, and a thousand other things I don’t know about yet.