[EDIT: At the advice of my commenters, I’m putting in a notice that this is a post about revision, not politics. I’ve apparently given a few people minor heart attacks already, before they got far enough in to figure out what I was talking about.]
I said it all the way back in July: “When in doubt, throw in an assassination attempt.”
Now, the attempt in question ended up being canceled, but I think putting one in elsewhere may in fact be the solution to one of my problems.
Send in a man with a gun. I don’t think I’ll have an actual gun, but the advice still holds. Funny how this whole “learning your craft” thing involves coming around to the basic lessons over and over and over again.